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October 6, 2017

The entire population of Madagascar is at risk for malaria, and severe malaria is among the top five causes of death in the country, especially among young children, for whom the disease is a major killer of Malagasy children under five years of age. In this age group the national mortality rate is 7 percent, though this rate varies throughout Madagascar’s 22 regions; ranging from less than 1 percent in the central highlands to almost 11 percent in the coastal regions. Malaria disproportionately affects the poorest and least-educated families and is far more common in remote, rural areas than in urban and peri-urban areas. However, malaria is entirely preventable through simple, low cost measures. It is also curable, especially when diagnosed early and promptly treated.

Handing over of materials and equipment to community health workers
September 14, 2017

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.

May 19, 2017

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
February 1, 2017

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
January 30, 2017

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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