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Monday, July 26, 2021 - 7:00am

ANTANANARIVO — For the past eight years, a series of droughts have devastated southern Madagascar, and this year the situation is especially severe.  Many people are struggling day-to-day to find enough food to eat.  Farmers are experiencing sandstorms instead of rainstorms and the outlook for the current harvest is not optimistic.

That is why, barely a month after announcing a commitment of $40 million in emergency aid for the south and seven months after launching three new emergency and development programs worth a combined $100 million in the region, the U.S. government is announcing more desperately needed food, health, and agricultural assistance for southern Madagascar.

USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and the President of Madagascar’s Court of Accounts, Mr. Jean de Dieu Rakotondramihamina hold computer equipment
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 9:15am

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated computer and teleconference equipment in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to enhance management at Madagascar's Court of Accounts and improve oversight of public funds.  Like “mpirahalahy mianala,” the United States is supporting Madagascar in its efforts to foster prosperity by building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.

These donations support the IDDS project’s objective to improve Madagascar’s ability to identify and track disease outbreaks
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 8:00am

ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, is helping Madagascar fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the donation of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing equipment to the PZaGa public laboratory at Mahajanga Hospital in northwestern Madagascar.

USAID has donated 336 hospital beds and modern medical equipment for childbirth and surgery to 190 basic health centers and district hospitals in the Atsimo Andrefana region.
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 2:45am

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) ACCESS health program, and in partnership with Project C.U.R.E., an American non-governmental organization that  supplies medical equipment to developing countries, has donated 336 hospital beds and modern medical equipment for childbirth and surgery to 190 basic health centers and district hospitals in the Atsimo Andrefana region.  The value of the donation is $825,000, more than 3.1 billion ariary.

Since 2015, the U.S. Government through USAID has been the leading provider of assistance to the south, having committed more than $229 million to respond to the urgent needs of families in hunger and provide long-term solutions to food insecurity.
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 5:00am

With recent assessments showing that the food security situation in southern Madagascar continues to worsen, U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier announced today that the U.S. Government would contribute nearly $40 million in additional support to the drought-stricken south.  This urgently needed funding will provide emergency food aid; treat malnutrition in young children, pregnant women, and new mothers; improve hygiene; and rebuild wells to ensure access to clean water.

USAID is transferring some equipment to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the continued effective delivery of health services
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 4:00am

For the past five years, the Mahefa Miaraka community health program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been improving the delivery of community health services in rural parts of Madagascar.  With the Mahefa Miaraka program coming to a close this month, it is transferring some equipment to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the continued effective delivery of those services.  USAID and Mahefa Miaraka today handed over six all-terrain vehicles, 23 motorcycles, and hundreds of computers and office materials to the ministry.

Mahefa Miaraka trained more than 9,500 community health volunteers how to treat common childhood diseases and provide reproductive health and family planning services to mothers and youth.
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 9:00am

Today, USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and the Minister of Public Health Professeur Rakotovao Hanitrala Jean Louis marked the close of USAID’s five-year Community Capacity for Health Program during an online ceremony.  Since 2016, the program, locally known as Mahefa Miaraka or 'Together we are capable' in the Malagasy language, has provided technical support to the Ministry of Public Health to implement the National Community Health Policy (PNSC) in seven regions – Analanjirofo, Boeny, DIANA, Melaky, Menabe, SAVA, and Sofia.  While Mahefa Miaraka is closing, the legacy of its work and many of its initiatives will continue.

Dr. Gilbert Andrianandrasana was recognized with the U.S. Embassy's Champions of Madagascar "Mpiara-dia" Award
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 8:30am

U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier recognized Dr. Gilbert Andrianandrasana with the U.S. Embassy’s Champions of Madagascar “Mpiaradia” Award for his leadership in delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and health centers across Madagascar. Dr. Gilbert is the Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) IMPACT health program. The U.S. Department of Defense provided the PPE supplies as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate and prevent COVID-19.

250,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine arrived on May 8.
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 1:45am

The United States congratulates Madagascar on the successful arrival of 250,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine on May 8. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out of a total planned $4 billion— to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, making us the single largest contributor to global COVID-19 vaccine access.

"Mosquito bed nets are an extremely simple and effective method to prevent malaria" -- Ambassador Michael Pelletier
Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 8:30am

Malaria remains one of Madagascar’s major public health problems.  It is the fourth leading cause of disease and one of the top reasons people seek care at health centers.  In 2020, nearly two million cases of malaria were reported in the country, almost twice the number of cases reported in 2019. 

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Last updated: July 26, 2021

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