Operation "Avotr’aina": A helping hand for 21,000 taxi and minibus drivers in Antananarivo

Operation "Avotr’aina": A helping hand for 21,000 taxi and minibus drivers in Antananarivo

Fanja Saholiarisoa
Désinfection des taxis
UNICEF Madagascar/2020
08 August 2020

Hope is being reborn among bus and taxi drivers in the capital who have shown us their joy by receiving their share of disinfectant gel and face mask. "It's a timely move now that the number of cases is increasing; it's a way to protect ourselves and to protect our customers too," said Rakotohitra Mamitiana, a taxi driver who has been working in the capital for 20 years. He has always tried to respect barrier gestures by buying his own gel even if it was difficult for him to get it, and by wiping the seats of his beige 4L car from time to time.

For Mika Randrianasolo, "taxi-be" or minibus driver with 8 years’ experience, he has never felt so vulnerable in his life. “Since we returned to work, we have had to be very careful to better protect ourselves. We need to be role models for the customers who enter the vehicle,” he explains proudly wearing the new mask that he just received that day.

Before getting into his sprinter that day, he picked up a bottle of disinfectant gel that his fare collector can use for anyone who comes on board. "Wearing a mask is required," explains Nirina, his sidekick. According to the president of the Mirindra cooperative, Randrianarisoa Jean Harilanto, it is sometimes difficult to persuade people to wear masks. "Many people are very stubborn and neglect this gesture," he said, adding that it is good to see that public transport is not being left behind.

To better help them in their awareness campaign, Mika's sprinter van displayed a large awareness poster reminding important barrier gestures to fight against COVID-19. All of these materials are among UNICEF's responses to COVID-19 and its support to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, within the framework of the national operation "Avotr'aina".

This hygiene-related operation launched in early July aims at disinfecting 12,500 public transport vehicles in Antananarivo, providing washable masks to 21,000 drivers and fare collectors, as well as hydroalcoholic gel to be used in public transport for 5,500 taxis and 7,000 taxi-be.

 

 

Désinfection des bus à Antananarivo
UNICEF Madagascar/2020