USAID In Action | Madagascar

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Last updated: October 07, 2020

April 24, 2020

Malaria is one of the leading causes of mortality among children under five in Madagascar. Atsimo Andrefana is one of Madagascar’s regions most severely impacted by endemic malaria. More than half of the population in this region lives more than five kilometers from the nearest health facility, putting Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) on the front lines in the fight against malaria.

August 5, 2019

Exclusive breastfeeding — when an infant receives only breast milk without any additional food or drink for the first six months — is the single most effective intervention to reduce child mortality. Despite this, only 37 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries are exclusively breastfed.

March 21, 2019

In the village of Sabotsy Anjiro in Madagascar, a simple water tap installed outside Voahangy Rasoanantenaina’s door has changed her life. “Before the fountain, I had to get water from the public pump, a half-hour walk away,” said Voahangy, who has four children. “Having to do that twice a day meant that I lost two hours trying to access water and carry it home." “Now, the fountain is right in front of my home, and I can get as much water as I need, whenever I need it,” she said.

March 19, 2019

On the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo, getting enough water every day can be a difficult task. The national water utility JIRAMA is extending the water network out to people living in informal settlements, thanks to support from the Water & Development Alliance (WADA), a partnership between USAID and Coca-Cola.

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November 14, 2018

Madagascar’s textile and apparel industry is the largest formal employer outside of agriculture. It has the capacity to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs if the industry can regain U.S. buyer confidence and take advantage of duty-free exports to the U.S. through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub helps Madagascar-based apparel companies to improve their efficiency and institutionalize the best practices and standards that American apparel companies require. The end result is formal employment for Malagasy workers and quality product for U.S. businesses.