April 2016—A panic-stricken woman burst into the community health volunteer’s hut in the village of Tanambao Marofototra in southwestern Madagascar with her newborn baby boy in her arms. Terrified, she explained that her child was severely ill. He was having trouble breathing; his lips were beginning to turn blue.
Not too long ago, residents in eastern Madagascar gained access to safe drinking water in their own homes—a development that has significantly improved their health and daily routine, not to mention the convenience of onsite plumbing in the small village.
April 2014—White smoke is spiraling up into the sky as dusk quickly falls in the village. In one of the huts, Radiata Ibrahim, a young unmarried woman, has just put the cooking pot containing the evening meal on the stove. She is far busier than before now that she has embarked on a new and rewarding activity.
April 2014—On a hill amidst unkempt grass and wild vegetation on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, stands a shabby-looking wooden hut surrounded by banana trees and other makeshift shelters.
Almost half of all the children in Madagascar under age 5 are stunted due to poor nutrition. Inadequate nutrition in the first few years of a child’s life will have negative, long term physical and mental consequences. A Catholic Relief Services (CRS) development food assistance program funded by USAID aims to combat malnutrition in 592 different villages in Madagascar.
Last updated: August 10, 2016