For over a decade and a half, SEED Madagascar has been working to improve the health of people living in Fort Dauphin and the surrounding area. In this remote part of southeast Madagascar, it is everyday conditions such as childbirth, diarrhoea, coughs and colds that pose the most serious health risks. Today, we are helping mothers to safeguard the health of themselves and their babies, increasing students’ awareness of sexual health and STIs, supporting communities to build clean drinking water wells and safe sanitation, and much more. Our programmes have produced significant positive changes but the current health situation in Madagascar is challenging and much work remains to be done.
At only $22 per day, the Malagasy national health system is amongst the worst funded in the worldWHO, 2014
Madagascar’s health system has never been robust but the political crisis in 2009 had a devastating impact on the provision of formal services. Government spending on health has dropped dramatically and as the number of services provided has shrunk and the quality slipped, the impact on those unable to afford private healthcare – almost everyone in Madagascar – has been serious.