Life is too expensive for families living in extreme poverty in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 3 March 2015 – All roads leading to the small Malagasy village of Lohanosy have been washed away. Even the main road from the capital, neglected over the years, did not really stand much of a chance against the waters that rose and consumed what had been, at some point, a collection of rice fields.
In Madagascar, young people in the service of community and environment
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 19 February 2015 – Emedianna Zafisoa, 15, is in year 10 at the Collège d’Enseignement Général (CEG) in Maroantsetra, a district in north-eastern Madagascar. Firmly committed to environmental conservation, she is indignant about the trash that piles up in her town, a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful scenery and wildlife.
In Madagascar, 'back to school' means including those left out
ANTANANAVIRO, Madagascar, 18 July 2013 – Like any 7-year-old, Clarisse should be in school, but she isn’t – although it’s not a matter of choice. Her mother explains that Clarisse was excluded from attending class because of her disability.
American singer and songwriter Katy Perry witnesses UNICEF’s efforts to fight chronic malnutrition in Madagascar
ANDRORANGA VOLA, Madagascar, 11 June 2013 – “So, if we have rice, what can we add to it?” asks Angeline Volefero, a heath worker in the village of Androranga Vola, just a few km in Madagascar’s east coast. “How about meat? And then some zucchini?”
Katy Perry sees strides in children's education, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 8 April 2013 – In a dimly lit room in the heart of a slum, American singer and songwriter Katy Perry listens to the young woman timidly explain her situation.
Quick response to Cyclone Giovanna had 20,000 children back in the classroom in Madagascar
BRICKAVILLE, Madagascar, 13 February 2013 – Marie Helene is visiting the ruins of her former school. Among the rubble under the destroyed thatched roof, she points to where her desk used to be, before Cyclone Giovanna lashed the east coast of Madagascar and left more than 1,400 classrooms destroyed in Brickaville and Vatomandry districts.
Social mobilization campaigns help reduce child mortality in Madagascar
TULEAR, Madagascar, 25 June 2012 – Onja is a star, the lead singer of Tinondia, one of Madagascar’s most famous bands. Eliane, by contrast, is not famous at all. Eliane grew up in the poor, glamour-less world of a slum in the south-western city of Tulear.
In Madagascar, urban children highlight their needs through video
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 14 May 2012 - Fanomezanjanahary Lantoniaina sits in the training room of the Antananarivo-based French Institute of Madagascar. Born and raised at the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital city, she eagerly awaits the start of UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr. video workshop.
UNICEF-supported Mother and Child Health Week reaches millions of children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 27 October 2011 – Last week, Madagascar celebrated Mother and Child Health week, a nationwide health campaign supported by UNICEF and partners to address the lack of access to basic health services for mothers. The campaign sought to enable the delivery of high-impact, low-cost child survival interventions including vitamin A supplementation for new mothers and children under five, deworming and routine immunizations, HIV testing for pregnant women, and screening for malnutrition.
Plumpy’doz distribution fights malnutrition in Madagascar’s remote south
ITAMPOLO, Madagascar, 14 October 2011 – It is 7.30 a.m. in the village of Itampolo, on Madagascar’s remote south-west coast. Outside the village health centre, Tilda Rainivomalala, 35, is among a group of women and children waiting in the shade of a mango tree. She has 10 children, and today she has brought Mahatratse, one, and Momoni, four, to the health centre to be screened for malnutrition.
In Madagascar, UNICEF and GAVI work to protect health gains for young children
ANKARIERA, Madagascar, 7 June 2011 – It is late morning at Ankariera health centre. The small three-room clinic – the only facility in a 10 km radius – is ready for a busy day.
UNICEF launches new campaign to stop the spread of pneumonic plague in Madagascar
TALATAVOLONONDRY, Madagascar, 15 April 2011—UNICEF undertook a mass disinfection campaign in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo to prevent the spread of pneumonic plague. The campaign targeted more than 28,000 families in the most exposed districts of the capital and surrounding towns and lasted for three days.
International Women’s Day in Madagascar
VANGAINDRANO, Madagascar, 8 March 2011 – Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme – ‘Equal Access to Education, Training and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women’ – focuses on promoting the education of women and girls worldwide.
UNICEF supports Mother and Child Health Week amidst crisis in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 8 November 2010 – Volatiana Rafaramalala sat in the community hall of Ankazotoho Anosimahavelona, a neighbourhood of nearly 11 000 people, on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo.
On International Youth Day in Madagascar, film screening gives young people a forum
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 2 September 2010 – A film set in Madagascar’s arid south is helping young people develop life skills by sparking a debate on what it means to succeed in life.
Children in southern Madagascar still threatened by severe acute malnutrition
MADAGASCAR, 19 July 2010 – Seven districts in three regions of Madagascar are recovering from a nutrition crisis that affected the south of the country in 2009, mainly due to inadequate rainfall, a prolonged ‘lean season’ and a very limited harvest. The crisis was compounded by limited access to safe water and health services in scattered villages.
In drought-stricken Madagascar, community health agents save lives
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 26 May 2010 – Thousands of children were treated for severe acute malnutrition last year in southern Madagascar, where lack of rain and crop failures continue to threaten food security. Across the affected zone, more than 230,000 children under five years old remain at risk of malnutrition.
Rebuilding lives in Madagascar after Tropical Storm Hubert
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 12 April 2010 - After weeks of complete isolation for thousands of people in south-eastern Madagascar, aid continues to arrive in those areas worst affected by Tropical Storm Hubert.
Tropical storm Hubert leaves dozens dead and thousands affected in Madagascar
MANANJARY DISTRICT, Madagascar, 19 March 2010 – One week after tropical storm Hubert wreaked havoc on south-eastern Madagascar coastal towns, the flood waters have receded and families are returning to their homes in the district of Manajary.
Psychosocial support in Madagascar helps children heal from the effects of political crisis
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 2 December 2009 – The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is a country in crisis. Since political unrest in January, the country has been isolated and poverty has deepened.
Failure of seasonal rains leads to hardship and malnutrition in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 27 July 2009 – As world attention shifts towards environmental issues, the effects of climate change are being felt on the island nation of Madagascar.
Doubling efforts to address malnutrition among children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 24 April 2009 – Drought is recurrent in the south of Madagascar. The last harvest was severely compromised by the lack of rain, and consequently, so was the capacity of households to feed their children.
Reinforcing child protection measures in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 3 April 2009 – On a plot close to the small main road of one of the poorer neighborhoods in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, children play in a child-friendly space set up by UNICEF.
Flash appeal: Child survival, development and protection at stake in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 7 April 2009 – A complex web of cyclones, drought and political instability is seriously threatening the survival, development and protection of children in Madagascar.
Cyclone Fanele hits Madagascar and stalls existing reconstruction work
MENABE REGION, Madagascar, 28 January 2009 – The southern part of Madagascar has been brutally affected by Cyclone Fanele, which hit the island in the early hours of 21 January. A recent World Health Organization assessment notes that over 20,500 people have been affected by Fanele and Tropical Storm Eric, which arrived on the 19th.
UNICEF and ECHO distribute health supplies to cyclone-affected Malagasy families
BESALAMPY, Madagascar, 4 November 2008 – Local health authorities recently distributed mosquito nets and essential medicines free of charge to cyclone-affected families here. The distribution was part of UNICEF’s partnership with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and the Malagasy Government.
UNICEF Executive Director concludes visit to Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 30 July 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concluded her visit to Madagascar by launching a tetanus campaign in the rural town of Andilamena with the Minister of Health, Dr. Ralainirina Paul Richard, and local officials.
UNICEF Executive Director pays first visit to Madagascar to assess cyclone recovery
ANALANJIROFO, Madagascar, 28 July 2008 – Ann M. Veneman, on the first-ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Madagascar, spent Sunday in Analanjirofo, the region hardest hit by Cyclone Ivan earlier this year.
UNICEF and ECHO provide vital health services to cyclone-affected Malagasy villages
ANTISIRAKA, Madagascar, 17 July 2008 – At first glance, the village of Antsiraka is an idyllic setting. Clear blue waters lap the shores of a white sandy beach, and palm trees mark the entrance to this remote village, which is only accessible by bicycle or boat.
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway supports early childhood development in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 30 May 2008 – Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise of Norway launched a children’s book competition here earlier this month, as part of an effort to promote early childhood development in Madagascar.
Junior Goodwill Ambassador 'Name Six' visits child-friendly spaces in Madagascar camps
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 15 April 2008 – Malagasy rap star and UNICEF Junior Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa 'Name Six' visited young victims of cyclone Ivan recently here in Madagascar’s capital city.
An appeal for aid as Madagascar struggles to rebuild after cyclones
NEW YORK, USA, 14 March 2008 – It has been more than four weeks since Cyclone Ivan first touched down on the island nation of Madagascar and triggered devastating floods, leaving 93 people dead and more than 330,000 homeless.
Cyclone Ivan leaves 22 dead and communication networks damaged
TOAMASINA, Madagascar, 21 February 2008 – On the heels of a major storm that hit Madagascar just last month, this island nation was devastated once again earlier this week, when Cyclone Ivan touched down near Toamasina on its north-eastern coast.
UNICEF ambassadors help out during Madagascar’s Mother and Child Health Week
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 7 November 2007 – Late last month, Madagascar held its third national Mother and Child Health Week with the goal of providing more than 4 million mothers and children with life-saving health care.
Indian Ocean Games provide a platform for peer-to-peer education
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 24 August 2007 – Madagascar has just finished playing host to the Indian Ocean Games, a regional version of the Olympics, which ended on 19 August.
Madagascar rap star Name Six appointed first-ever Junior Goodwill Ambassador
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 21 June 2007 – UNICEF has appointed its first-ever Junior Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa in the person of Malagasy rap star Narcisse Randrianarivony, popularly known as Name Six.
Nutrition crisis undermines child survival in southern Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 14 May 2007 – Dr. Ranto Andriantsara hurried to his office when told that the team had just driven into the dusty compound that houses the Amboasary hospital. He looked startled, not quite expecting his visitors that early in the morning. Graciously, he ushered them in.
After devastating cyclones, Madagascar rebuilds its shattered schools
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 23 April 2007 – Florine, 8, was unaware of the extent of cyclone damage to her village in Ambanja, northeastern Madagascar, until she climbed to the roof of her partially destroyed house.
After devastating cyclones, UNICEF and partners step in to help Madagascar
NEW YORK, USA, 10 April 2007 – The island nation of Madagascar has seen more than its fair share of nature’s destructive capacity recently. Since December it has been hit by six cyclones or tropical storms – including tropical storm Jaya, which struck last week – affecting more than 450,000 people.
More aid needed to help children and women affected by Cyclone Indlala
ANTSOHIHY, Madagascar, 30 March 2007 – “It was incredible. In just a few minutes the heavy floods washed out our house,” Véronique Miadana said with tears in her eyes. Living with her five children in the suburbs of Antsohihy, north of Sofia in northern Madagascar, Ms. Miadana and her family were among the first victims of Cyclone Indlala, which struck northern Madagascar on 15 March.
Community contracts help build child-friendly schools in Madagascar
AMBOHITNIBE, Madagascar, 26 March 2007 – In the middle of an isolated community, an hour’s walk from the nearest road, there is a primary school that is setting the standard for child-friendly education in Madagascar.
Children in Madagascar suffer in yet another flood caused by latest cyclone
NEW YORK, USA, 19 March 2007 – The rain is coming down in sheets over the capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo, in the aftermath of Indlala, the latest cyclone to hit the island nation.
UNICEF provides emergency relief after cyclones and flooding hit Madagascar
ANTANAVARIVO, Madagascar, 2 March 2007 – Voahangisoa Nirina and her husband built a house when they got married 13 years ago and have since raised a family of five children there. But six weeks ago, Cyclone Bondo destroyed everything they had.
New educational approach keeps Madagascar’s children interested in learning
DIÉGO-SUAREZ, Madagascar, 28 December 2006 – About 20 feet away from the famous emerald-green waters of Diego, students of Ramena Primary School are discovering that learning can actually be fun.
Mother and Child Health Weeks save lives in Madagascar
BELOBAKAY FOKONTANY, Madagascar, 19 December 2006 – “Good morning! Rise and shine! Mothers! Don’t forget to take your children to the health centre today! Husbands, don’t forget to send your pregnant wives! Grandmothers! Grandfathers, I am counting on you to remind everyone in your household about the importance of this week!”
Kenia’s story: Fighting sexual violence against children in Madagascar
DIEGO SUAREZ, Madagascar, 14 December 2006 – Outside the Diego Suarez hospital on the extreme northern tip of Madagascar, a savage wind is blowing off the Indian Ocean. Inside the run-down colonial building, a young girl lies on a drip looking withered and crumbled, the victim of a savage act.
Partnership project improves hygiene and sanitation in Madagascar’s schools
BEKOBAY, Madagascar, 12 December 2006 – It may seem like a strange partnership, but Madagascar’s largest shrimp exporting firm, UNIMA, as well as the Government of Madagascar, UNICEF and local communities have come together to build latrines where no one dared before.
Using political clout to empower women in Madagascar
IHOROMBE REGION, Madagascar, 10 December 2006 – Things have changed in this region of southeastern Madagascar since Moana Essa Raseta became the first woman governor here in 2005.
Leading by example helps Madagascar keep HIV/AIDS at bay
MAROAMBIHY, Madagascar, 2 November 2006 – Here in Madagascar, political leaders take HIV tests in public, condoms are easily available and mobile testing units are sent to remote parts of the country.
Educating communities, protecting children from violence in Madagascar
MAHAJANGA, Madagascar, 6 October 2006 – Haingo (not her real name) is 16 years old. A few months ago, while her mother was at the market selling handicrafts and her younger brother was at school, she was raped in her own home.
Madagascar’s children speak out for peace
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 22 September 2006 – Dozens of children have taken part in the first celebration in Madagascar of the United Nations International Day of Peace. The annual observance on 21 September is intended as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Preventing malaria and improving child survival in Madagascar
ANKAZOMENAVONY, Madagascar, 11 September 2006 – Angeline, 9, lives in this small village, home to just a few dozen families in northwestern Madagascar.
Immunization campaign aims to eliminate tetanus in Madagascar
MIANDRIVAZO, Madagascar, 20 July 2006 – Dr. Mamy and Sister Henriette have walked 5 km under the sun to reach a small village in Miandravazo, southeast Madagascar. Their team of health workers is here with vaccinations to protect mothers like Maximillian, 24, against tetanus.
‘Friends of WASH’ bring hygiene-friendly schools to Madagascar
MANJAKANDRINA, Madagascar, 6 July 2006 – “Hello, my name is Joe. Welcome to our school,” says a beaming eight-year-old. Following the warm reception, he gives visitors a tour and proudly shows off his school’s new latrines.
In Madagascar, a small capsule of vitamin A saves children’s lives
FENERIVE EST, Madagascar, 23 May 2006 – It may seem like a routine event, but twice a year in Madagascar, children under the age of five receive a small capsule of vitamin A.
Quick response to food crisis saves the lives of undernourished children in Madagascar
VANGAINDRANO DISTRICT, Madagascar, 16 March 2006 – After 27 days of intensive care, therapeutic feeding and her mother’s bedside vigil, two-year-old Anastasia is finally recovering. Her eyes, once dull and sickly, are now full of life. She is almost unrecognizable as the little girl who could barely breathe when she first arrived at the health centre here.
UNICEF-supported campaign protects 1.5 million people from malaria
ANTSIRANANA, Madagascar, 16 November 2005 – Malaria is the biggest killer of children in Madagascar. Every day some 160 children die from preventable diseases in the country, and more than a quarter of those are from malaria.
Madagascar launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 25 October 2005 – At the launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS in Madagascar, the government announced that it will extend the prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) programme to 220 health centres and 20 hospitals around the country by the end of the year.
Responding to new cases, polio immunization campaign launched in southern Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 20 September 2005 – In response to the detection of three cases of polio in southern Madagascar, the Ministry of Health has launched a campaign to immunize some 650,000 children in Tulear province. The campaign is running through October.
Madagascar’s ‘big sister’ programme helps girls stay in school
MANJAKANDRINA, Madagascar, 11 July 2005 – Thirteen-year-old Lanee, who lives in this small village, has an important new responsibility: She is now a ‘big sister’ for her first-grade schoolmate, Nadia. Lanee’s new role is to be a helper and friend, by walking Nadia to school, playing with her during recess and lending a hand with homework.
Madagascar: Progress in the fight against malaria
MAJAKANDRINA, Madagascar, 30 June 2005 – Her fever dangerously high, a small child rides to hospital in a UNICEF vehicle, the only available transportation. The hospital is several hours away, but she must go because her life is seriously threatened – as a result of a mosquito bite.
Campaign seeks to register 2.5 million children in Madagascar
MANANDONA, Madagascar, 14 June 2005 – Thirteen-year-old Jean Rakotonindrina has lived here all his life, in a hilltop home overlooking a lush valley of rice paddies. But until today, he has not legally existed in his own country.
‘Girl-to-girl strategy’ helps girls stay in school in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 15 April 2005 – In Madagascar, UNICEF is advocating for girls’ education through an alliance with its most important partners: children.
Nationwide measles campaign protects more than seven million children
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 11 November 2004 – More than seven million children – or 97.7 per cent of the total goal of 7.7 million – have been vaccinated against measles during Madagascar’s nationwide immunization campaign.
Young people in Madagascar learn to produce their own newspapers
ANTANANARIVO, 14 July 2004 – In a first for media and children in Madagascar, a group of 40 adolescents aged 12-16 met in the nation’s capital to learn how to create a newspaper.