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Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:00am

USAID/Antananarivo

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Antananarivo - Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged and deepening drought in the south of the country for four years now, which has led to alarming levels of food insecurity.  The crisis has resulted in complete crop failures in a region where most farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture and livestock.  Approximately 900,000 people need emergency food assistance and many have been forced into desperate actions to survive.  Southern Madagascar is the poorest part of the country, with 90% of the population earning less than $2 per day.

“We are announcing that the United States government will be providing an additional $5 million towards desperately needed drought relief and emergency food supplies in Southern Madagascar,” says U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar, Robert Yamate.  “We are committed to seeing the people affected by the drought through these terrible times.”

CCH launch event
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:15am

6.1 million people, 23.3% of the total population of Madagascar (INSTAT, 2015), will benefit from a new 5-year, $30 million USD integrated community health program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The program is a collaboration between the Minstry of Public Health, USAID and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI).

Mission Director Michelle Godette addresses the gathering at official launch event
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 8:00am

Recognizing the important role played by private businesses to provide essential health services to the Malagasy people, a partnership agreement was officially launched on September 16 between the U.S. government through USAID and AccèsBanque to encourage health businesses and practitioners across Madagascar to seek out loans to grow their businesses. SHOPS Plus (Sustaining Health Outcomes through Private Sectors), a USAID-funded project, will bring technical assistance to help develop and sell the loan products.

USAID is providing $8 million in emergency assistance for the drought-affected people in the south of Madagascar
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 9:30am

he U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $8 million in additional emergency humanitarian assistance to help people suffering from the ongoing drought in the south of Madagascar.  The funding will be used to provide food and nutritional supplements to people in the Androy, Atsimo Andrefana and Anosy regions, which have been the most deeply affected by the drought.  The program will be carried out by the World Food Programme.

President's Malaria Initiative - A decade of progress
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 1:15am

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today released its tenth annual report, documenting progress across its programs including in Madagascar.  Since 2004, Madagascar has reduced mortality among children under five by 23 percent as a direct result of action by the government, communities, donors, and partners.  Malaria is a major killer of young children, and during pregnancy malaria can pose a serious, life-threatening risk to a woman and her baby.

US Ambassador Yamate attended the signing of partnership agreement between CARE and the urban Commune of Antananarivo
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:30am

Implemented by a USAID partner—CARE and the urban commune of Antananarivo, this $835,000 project will benefit directly to 91,000 residents in the capital city. The IARIVO project will contribute to strengthening the disaster resilience of 75 flood-prone communities (fokontany) in the commune, and improve their disaster preparedness. It is the first project of its kind for an urban population and will inform future interventions in disaster preparedness.

Cooking demo in Androy, in southern Madagascar
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 2:15am

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Madagascar is pleased to announce that it is providing $4.5 million in assistance to Madagascar to respond to the drought in the south of the country.  These programs will provide assistance to over 120,000 people affected by drought in five districts.   This contribution will administer immediate assistance to combat hunger and malnutrition as well as assist with longer-term recovery efforts.

Deputy PMI Coordinator Dr. Nahlen was in Madagascar to participate in the official launch of the bed net distribution campaign
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 11:30am

Minister of Health Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Susan Riley, and the U.S. Government Deputy Global Malaria Coordinator Dr. Bernard Nahlen visited Foulpointe in Atsinanana region on September 30 to officially launch the bed net mass distribution campaign.  For the duration of the campaign, from September 28 through November 12, a total of 10.5 million long-lasting insecticide treated nets will be distributed in 92 districts, protecting at least 20 million Malagasy against malaria.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 6:15am

On June 19, the Minister of Environment Ralava Beboarimisa, the US Ambassador Robert T. Yamate, and the USAID Mission Director Susan S. Riley visited the village of Kelilalina to witness development activities provided through USAID/Food for Peace’s Fararano program.  They spent the morning meeting with mothers and their small children who received nutritious food rations of fortified oil and corn-soy flour and partook in cooking demonstrations to learn how to incorporate local ingredients to nourish their families. 

Community health workers were trained in use of pregnancy test kits
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:15am

Over the past few years, the increase in the use of modern contraceptives in Madagascar has slowed down. Enabling couples to determine whether, when and how often to have children is vital to safe motherhood and healthy families. Increasing access to family planning results in profound health, economic and social benefits, and could prevent up to 30 percent of maternal deaths that occur every year.

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