Life-Changing Improvements Underway in Madagascar Villages
A new 42-month Medair project in Analanjirofo region will give more than 125,000 people access to safe drinking water and 12,000 people better access to latrines.
People often perceive Madagascar as a heavenly place on earth, a place for holidays, where white sand beaches and coral reefs compete in beauty with the primary forest and lemurs. This is not false but it is not the whole picture either.
Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, listed 151st1 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Did you know that in 2010, less than half of the population (44.9 percent) had access to safe water? This makes Madagascar one of the worst of all the Sub-Saharan countries for safe water access (the average for the region was 60 percent2 in 2008).
Thanks to funding from the E.C. Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Swiss Solidarity, and private donors, Medair has launched a new project that will last for 42 months with aim of sustainably improving safe water access and sanitation in 10 townships in Analanjirofo region, northeast of the country. This region was chosen because it is a remote area prone to annual cyclone strikes where one million people make a subsistence living mainly from agriculture
In the nine rural townships where we are working, only four percent of the residents currently have access to safe and clean water.
Medair plans to build 705 safe water points and bring the coverage up to 85 percent of the population4.
By 2017, more than 125,700 people will have access to safe water for the first time.
Medair is also aiming to have 800 improved latrines built in the urban area of Maroantsetra where population density makes sanitation a challenge.
We plan to reach more than 12,000 people in Maroantestra, bringing the sanitation coverage of improved latrines from 29 percent5 to 65 percent6.
“Improving water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is what we’ve been doing for years in rural Madagascar,” said Daniel Calzada, Country Director. “We are confident that this major new project will improve the general health of thousands of Madagascar’s most vulnerable families.”