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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30am

ANTANANARIVO — Southern Madagascar has entered its lean season - the period between harvests when less food and less food variety are available - and a recent survey forecasts that more people in that region will suffer from malnutrition. 

In response to this situation, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food For Peace program, is contributing $500,000 to the Word Food Programme (WFP). This money will provide treatment for 15,550 children under five years of age suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.

“Since 2015, the United States has been the leading donor of emergency relief to families affected by severe drought in southern Madagascar,” stated U.S. Ambassador, Michael P. Pelletier at the announcement. “Based on the food security forecasts it is clear that additional help is needed. These funds will provide malnutrition treatment for children in the eight most drought-affected districts of the Androy, Anosy, and Atsimo Andrefana regions.”

The USAID and MBM partnership will improve the health and well-being of the Malagasy people throughout the country
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:15am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Madagascar announces a new partnership with Microcred Banque Madagascar (MBM) which will increase access to financing options and loans for small, medium and micro private businesses and service providers in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health sectors.

As Madagascar enters the traditional peak period for plague, continued vigilance is key to ensure further outbreaks are quickly identified and managed.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00am

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate today announced an additional $2 million from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emergency Reserve Fund to help the people of Madagascar respond to this year’s plague outbreak.  The American people have provided a total of $3.5 million to the effort of managing Madagascar’s unexpectedly prolific outbreak of plague.  While plague cases have decreased in urban areas, the nation is just entering the time of year when the number of plague cases normally peak.

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate and USAID Mission Director Michele Godette announced the award of an additional emergency assistance of one million dollars to support the Government of Madagascar’s efforts to manage the plague outbreak
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:15am

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate and USAID Mission Director Michele Godette announced the award of an additional emergency assistance of one million dollars to support the Government of Madagascar’s efforts to manage the plague outbreak.  While the epidemic seems to be slowing down, the U.S. Government continues to support the Ministry of Public Health and other development partners in responding to the outbreak.

Handing over of materials and equipment to community health workers
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:15am

Local health care in seven regions of Madagascar is getting a boost, with the donation of $400,000 in materials and equipment to community health volunteers (CHVs) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Community Capacity for Health Program, known locally as Mahefa Miaraka.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:30am

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, Ms. Oren Whyche-Shaw, will travel to Madagascar May 19-24, 2017.

Baby weighing session
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 2:30am

Over 3,000 communities in Madagascar are getting a vital tool to measure the health of newborns thanks to the USAID Mikolo Project. USAID Mikolo is distributing 3,200 scales to Fokontany in the eight regions where the project works. The scales will help community health volunteers track the growth and health of newborns. Among young children, indicators of severe acute malnutrition include very low weight-for-height/weight-for-length or a very low mid-upper arm circumference.

Mission Director Michelle Godette distributes supplemental food for children with moderate acute malnutrition
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00am

As the emergency in the south of Madagascar continues into the lean season between harvests, the United States government has donated an additional $2.7 million to emergency relief.

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Last updated: November 20, 2019

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