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.
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.
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.
The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute $2.2 million to support the efforts of the government of Madagascar to eradicate polio in the country. Over 4.3 million Malagasy children under the age of five will directly benefit from this support.
The United States government is pleased this World Malaria Day to note the dramatic progress that has been made over the past decade to reduce the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organization, the scale-up of malaria control interventions resulted in an estimated 4.3 million fewer malaria deaths globally since 2000.
Last updated: July 15, 2016