UNICEF maintains prepositioned stocks of emergency supplies in Antananarivo and the eastern coastal town of Tamatave. These cover the essential needs of 20,000 families living in vulnerable regions.
UNICEF also works with local communities to improve resilience and strengthen their ability to recover from disasters. This includes reinforcing health centres' and schools' preparedness and response strategies by distributing disaster management manuals and teacher guides.
Working with the National Office of Disaster Risk Management (BNGRC), UNICEF Madagascar is helping to develop information management skills, and to support simulation exercises to reinforce the preparedness of partners to deliver effective response strategies.