USAID In Action | Madagascar

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Last updated: October 13, 2020

October 1, 2020

In 2018, Madagascar enacted a new family planning law allowing youth to seek family planning services without parental consent. However, young couples still face major obstacles accessing these vital services due to a lack of availability, persistent cultural and religious beliefs, and minimal information about available options.

August 11, 2020

Just a single, sandy road knits together three ecological treasures along the west coast of Madagascar. Take the road north from the mangrove-fringed coastal city of Morondava and you’ll discover the towering Avenue of the Baobabs. Head farther north, and you’ll find the fortress of limestone spires and deep gorges of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Nestled in between are the dry forests of Menabe-Antimena, home to many lemur species, Malagasy giant jumping rats, and fosa, Madagascar’s largest predator.

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.

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