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Last updated: September 17, 2020

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.

Protective equipment is very useful and of great importance. It protects us, but also our families and our colleagues
July 9, 2020

The donation is thanks to a collaborative effort between the United States Africa Command, which provided the funds to buy the locally-made face coverings, the Madagascar Ministry of Public Health, which identified the areas for the face coverings to be delivered, and USAID Madagascar, whose IMPACT health project operated by PSI Madagascar arranged for the delivery of the protective equipment via the Regional Directorates of Health to the front-line workers.  The donation in Moramanga was also supported by staff from the USAID RANO WASH project

June 15, 2020

Vanilla is one of the world’s most familiar and popular flavors. Few people know that the primary source for their vanilla-infused delectable treats is Madagascar. Specifically rugged, remote, rural communities in the northern and north eastern parts of the country. Approximately 75 percent of the world’s vanilla is grown by farmers in Madagascar’s rainforests. The global market price for vanilla has fluctuated dramatically in the past few years (from $50 up to a high of $600 a kilogram).  As the price of vanilla soars, so too does the pressure to clear forests to grow more vanilla. This has resulted in extensive forest fragmentation in and around some Madagascar protected areas, many of which are home to endangered species found nowhere else on earth. 

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