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Last updated: June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

In a distant part of Madagascar, a buzz is in the air, and a degraded environment is coming back to life. It’s a warm afternoon in MaMaBay, an area in northeastern Madagascar renowned for its exceptional biodiversity; home to many plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.  69-year-old Grégoire Totobe is showing his 19-year-old grandson, Fidy, how to build a beehive from dried stems of raffia, a dried fiber sourced from local palm trees.

October 15, 2020

The women of Andongozabe village in northern Madagascar understand the importance of family planning.  They’ve learned the benefits from their resident Community Health Volunteer (CHV), Soanette, who provides information and family planning services to 107 women.

September 17, 2020

25-year-old Victoria Rebezara, from the village of Ampasimbola in eastern Madagascar, is a happy mother of a 7-month-old baby boy, Keychann. Keychann is growing well and is totally healthy.  Victoria has breastfed him since birth – advice given by her local Community Health Volunteer (CHV). "I have exclusively breastfed my little boy from birth until he was six months old, as the CHV advised.  He has not been severely ill so far, and he has the appropriate weight for his body size and age.  Breastfeeding hasn’t been difficult and I’ve had a good supply of milk.  I breastfeed at least ten times in the morning and on-demand at night," she says.

September 17, 2020

Encouraging new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies is standard practice at Vavatenina’s primary health center, according to Dr. Tiarisoa Léocadie Bernard, the facility’s head doctor. In addition to the center’s health workers to promote exclusive breastfeeding, the local community health volunteers (CHVs) are routinely reminded about the importance of this healthy practice during monthly meetings, an activity supported by USAID’s Mahefa Miaraka program.

July 26, 2020

World Mangrove Day is commemorated every year on July 26.  This celebration aims to raise awareness about the importance of mangrove ecosystems and to promote solutions for their conservation and sustainable use.  Madagascar is especially blessed with a wealth of mangroves.  2% of the world's mangroves are located here, accounting for 20% of African mangrove forests.