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Last updated: June 25, 2021

September 4, 2019

Malagasy children deserve the best possible start on their education, and knowing how to read and write is an essential skill. USAID Madagascar and the Ministry of National Education designed a new approach to improve how Malagasy schoolchildren in grades 1 – 3 learn to read. The program was called “Mahay Mamaky Teny” (MMT), meaning ‘I Know How to Read’. With the help of the World Bank, USAID ran a 7-month pilot project at 60 schools in the Analamanga and Boeny regions.

September 3, 2019

It is dark and cool inside the room. Students are seated on the floor, their backs pressed against an old wooden bed frame, the bare cement wall, or large sacks of grain. At the teacher’s command, a man rises from the floor and approaches the chalkboard. He is instructed to complete the two math problems displayed: 6,202 divided by 7; 2,313 multiplied by 3. He navigates the long division with ease; the multiplication even quicker. He takes his seat against a bag of grain as his classmates clap in unison.

July 22, 2019

When you come from a small village 27-kilometers south of the already remote town of Maroansetra, in north-eastern Madagascar, you don’t have many choices; you’re either a fisherman or a famer. Despite that, 52-year-old Jean-Michel Razafindrazaka has relentlessly sought to build a better life for himself, his wife, and their five children.

April 25, 2019


How do you get 13 million life-saving mosquito bed nets to all corners of Madagascar? By any means necessary!

For #WorldMalariaDay, see how USAID's President's Malaria Initiative, together with the government of Madagascar and partners, helped protect 26 million Malagasy people from malaria.
February 11, 2019

Dr. Bako Harisoa Ravaomanalina, believes women are becoming scientific leaders in Madagascar. She is a researcher at the University of Antananarivo, a USAID-Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) grant recipient and is building a reference library for Malagasy rosewood, palissander, and ebony. She recently sat down with us to discuss her project and how more and more Malagasy women are making their mark in science.