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International Partner - Madagascar

Madagascar is a large island off the southeastern coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean. The country has a population of approximately 21 million people. Various indigenous religious beliefs are practiced here (52 percent), and the remaining are mostly Christian (41 percent). Predominant languages include French, English and Malagasy. Recent political unrest has had a devastating impact on the country, and especially Madagascar’s youth. Increasing rates of violence in the capital of Antananarivo, and other main towns, are causing high levels of stress among children who have no access to psychosocial support. In the midst of the country’s political struggles, Madagascar is also transforming from a subsistence economy into a market economy. Periodic cyclones, flooding, malnutrition, disease and most recently, severe drought, are also issues facing the people here. Lack of clean water, accessibility to health care and critical vaccinations remain a focus for organizations looking to help the Malagasy people.

  • Approximately 250,000 of children under the age of five, live in three food-insecure southern regions of the country
  • Disruption of water and sanitation services in main towns place up to 100,000 children at risk of water-borne diseases
  • Approximately 48 percent of Malagasy children are chronically malnourished
  • Only fifty percent of households have access to clean drinking water, just three percent have latrines
  • Nearly 120 out of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday
  • Malaria, diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections are among the deadliest threats

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