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Friday, November 26, 2021 - 1:15am
ANTANANARIVO – Today, 398,970 doses of the safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 arrived in Madagascar. These vaccines were delivered via the COVAX facility and are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global effort to rapidly increase vaccine coverage and end this pandemic. “Widespread vaccination is the most important step we can take to ensure a return to normal life as soon as possible,” United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Madagascar Mission Director John Dunlop said in an arrival ceremony at Ivato Airport. “Please do what you can and get vaccinated,” he added.
 
This is the third vaccine donation to Madagascar from the American people. The United States donated 302,750 doses of the Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in July and an additional 336,000 Johnson&Johnson doses in October from the U.S. domestic supply. “The United States will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines in our shared fight against this virus,” President Biden said in a June 3 statement.
 
"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. 

Under the USAID/Power Africa grant, Nanoé is establishing nano-grids centered on health facilities
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:15am

If doctors do not have access to electricity, providing even basic health care can be perilous.  “A number of doctors have shared shocking stories of delivering babies in the dark and navigating complicated births by the light of their phones – situations that can put both mother and baby at risk,” says Nicolas Saincy.  He is the co-founder of Nanoé, a French-Malagasy social enterprise that in October 2020 received a $240,000 grant from the U.S. government to electrify 35 rural health clinics serving 140,000 people. 

Health workers in 13 COVID hot spots received “head-to-toe” protection
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:45am

On March 11, front line health care workers in 13 areas of Madagascar hard hit by Covid-19 received welcome assistance – “head-to-toe” personal protective equipment (PPE) donated by the U.S. government to keep these critical health workers healthy and continuing their vital work of caring for their patients sick with the coronavirus.

Madagascar’s most iconic baobab tree species, the Adansonia grandidieri Baillon, are economically valuable and culturally emblematic of the nation
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 5:00am

Madagascar’s most iconic baobab tree species, the Adansonia grandidieri Baillon, are economically valuable and culturally emblematic of the nation.  They are also orphans. 

Research botanists like University of Antananarivo’s Dr. Seheno Andriantsaralaza consider plants like the baobab “orphaned” because the animals that naturally disperse the baobab’s seeds have disappeared, endangering the trees’ ability to reproduce.

Under the new CDCS, USAID will concentrate its work in the areas of food security, nutrition, environmental policy and protection, job creation and economic growth, democracy and governance, and public health.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman led a briefing by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials to outline USAID’s new five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Liva Djacoba Tehindrazanarivelo and other Government of Madagascar Ministers.  Under the new strategic plan, the U.S. government will remain Madagascar’s foremost development partner, investing more than $490 million in development assistance over the next five-years to help the Malagasy people improve their well-being and resilience and to drive Madagascar’s journey to self-reliance.

The USAID-funded TANTANA program will improve Madagascar Court of Accounts’ internal governance and enhance the quality and impact of the audits and judgements produced by the court.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:45am

U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier and the First President of the Supreme Court of Madagascar Rajaona Andriamanankiandrianina announced a new $4 million U.S. government-funded program that will build the capacity of Madagascar’s Court of Accounts and improve the management of public funds.

Reference Library for Malagasy Precious Hardwoods
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 6:15am

In response to this critical issue, the University of Antananarivo Department of Ecology and Plant Biology, with funding from the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and support from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, has built Madagascar’s second precious hardwood reference library, or Xylarium.

U.S. Ambassador inspects a USAID food distribution activity in drought-stricken south Madagascar.  USAID has announced three new programs to address food insecurity in the south and south east.
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 12:30am

Alongside President Andry Rajoelina, U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier was pleased to announce three new projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), making an additional $100 million commitment by the United States to combat food insecurity in Madagascar.  Through these projects, the Government of the United States, working side-by-side with the Government of Madagascar, will respond to the urgent needs of families in hunger and provide long-term solutions to food insecurity in the south and southeast of Madagascar.

The Turtle Survival Alliance provides a vital service to the protection of Madagascar’s endemic tortoises
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:30am

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the health and livelihoods of Madagascar’s people; it also jeopardizes thousands of critically endangered tortoises currently in the care of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).  Facing a projected 80% drop in funding from its largest supporters -- zoos and aquariums now shuttered due to COVID-19 -- TSA thought it would soon be forced to prematurely release thousands of critically endangered tortoises under its care in Madagascar.

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Last updated: November 26, 2021

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