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Last updated: August 03, 2018

August 3, 2018

A group of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in Madagascar came up with a creative way to promote exclusive breastfeeding – newborns drinking only breast milk for at least the first six months of life - that is both effective and entertaining.

March 13, 2018

Southern Madagascar is an arid and drought-prone land, receiving just 16.5 inches (419 mm) of rain per year, versus a national average of 39 to 59 inches (991 to 1,499 mm) annually. But the region is rich in cattle, which are the main source of income for farmers.

November 7, 2017

Plague occurs every year in Madagascar, with cases emerging between October and April, usually in remote, rural locations. However this year there were two major differences. Plague emerged in two of Madagascar’s major urban centers – the capital of Antananarivo and the eastern port city of Toamasina. The dominant form of plague was pneumonic, which is spread human-to-human through close contact, while the more common but less easily transmissible bubonic plague is mainly spread through the bite of infected fleas.

October 17, 2017

Analalava is a long way from anywhere else. This remote district of rice paddies and vanilla plantations in northwestern Madagascar is very difficult to access by land, especially during the rainy season. Scattered among these rainforest-covered hills are over 165,000 people, including a number of women of childbearing age and young children.

September 26, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, USAID Madagascar, and the Madagascar Ministry of Tourism announce their “The Natural Beauty of Madagascar” postcard photography contest. The event is free to enter and entrants may submit up to ten (10) photos for consideration. Winning submissions may be included in a public photography exhibition in Antananarivo and select images deemed best-suited to support a message of Countering Wildlife Trafficking will be printed as postcards and distributed throughout the country.