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Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:15am

Antananarivo -  Local health care in seven regions of Madagascar is getting a boost, with the donation of $400,000 in materials and equipment to community health volunteers (CHVs) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Community Capacity for Health Program, known locally as Mahefa Miaraka.

The equipment will help the nearly 10,000 CHVs in Mahefa Miaraka’s target regions provide improved health services. The items include   awareness-raising materials, management tools, and equipment for community-based integrated child support, nutrition monitoring, and family planning services. An official handover ceremony was held in Belo sur Tsiribihina, Menabe region.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:30am

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, Ms. Oren Whyche-Shaw, will travel to Madagascar May 19-24, 2017.

Baby weighing session
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 2:30am

Over 3,000 communities in Madagascar are getting a vital tool to measure the health of newborns thanks to the USAID Mikolo Project. USAID Mikolo is distributing 3,200 scales to Fokontany in the eight regions where the project works. The scales will help community health volunteers track the growth and health of newborns. Among young children, indicators of severe acute malnutrition include very low weight-for-height/weight-for-length or a very low mid-upper arm circumference.

Mission Director Michelle Godette distributes supplemental food for children with moderate acute malnutrition
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00am

As the emergency in the south of Madagascar continues into the lean season between harvests, the United States government has donated an additional $2.7 million to emergency relief.

The new insectarium will improve the government's ability to counter malaria.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 9:30am

The Minister of Public Health, Pr. Lalatiana Andriamanarivo and the Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Michelle Godette, officially inaugurated the entomology department of the National Malaria Control Program’s (NMCP) new insectarium.

A child collects her family’s drinking water from a muddy puddle in the middle of the road
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:00am

Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged and deepening drought in the south of the country for four years now, which has led to alarming levels of food insecurity.  The crisis has resulted in complete crop failures in a region where most farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture and livestock

CCH launch event
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:15am

6.1 million people, 23.3% of the total population of Madagascar (INSTAT, 2015), will benefit from a new 5-year, $30 million USD integrated community health program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The program is a collaboration between the Minstry of Public Health, USAID and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI).

Mission Director Michelle Godette addresses the gathering at official launch event
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 8:00am

Recognizing the important role played by private businesses to provide essential health services to the Malagasy people, a partnership agreement was officially launched on September 16 between the U.S. government through USAID and AccèsBanque to encourage health businesses and practitioners across Madagascar to seek out loans to grow their businesses. SHOPS Plus (Sustaining Health Outcomes through Private Sectors), a USAID-funded project, will bring technical assistance to help develop and sell the loan products.

USAID is providing $8 million in emergency assistance for the drought-affected people in the south of Madagascar
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 9:30am

he U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $8 million in additional emergency humanitarian assistance to help people suffering from the ongoing drought in the south of Madagascar.  The funding will be used to provide food and nutritional supplements to people in the Androy, Atsimo Andrefana and Anosy regions, which have been the most deeply affected by the drought.  The program will be carried out by the World Food Programme.

President's Malaria Initiative - A decade of progress
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 1:15am

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today released its tenth annual report, documenting progress across its programs including in Madagascar.  Since 2004, Madagascar has reduced mortality among children under five by 23 percent as a direct result of action by the government, communities, donors, and partners.  Malaria is a major killer of young children, and during pregnancy malaria can pose a serious, life-threatening risk to a woman and her baby.