A series of complementary activities to improve nutrition and health while also increase earning opportunities for rural communities in the Anosy region, southeast Madagascar.
Have you washed your hands today? You probably know how important this simple action is for preventing the spread of germs, but many people don’t. In rural Madagascar, diarrhoea is a daily occurrence for many people, caused by a lack of knowledge about basic hygiene practices. Diarrhoea on a daily basis quickly leads to malnutrition and can stop people from going out to work.
More than half the people in Madagascar suffer from chronic malnutritionOffice National de Nutrition, 2013
Sick days don’t exist in rural farming communities – if you can’t work, you don’t get paid. Then you can’t afford to feed your family and they get sick too. In the Western world, illnesses like diarrhoea are easily treatable, but most people in rural Madagascar can’t afford even basic medicines. For people living and earning day-to-day, a lack of employment and poor health are highly interlinked, resulting in a cycle that keeps these people in poverty. It’s not enough just to look at one aspect of the problem – we need to address multiple issues if we are to break the cycle.
SEED Madagascar has implemented several complementary activities covering hygiene, nutrition and earning opportunities to provide communities with a healthier, more secure and sustainable future. We worked hand in hand with communities to:
Through these activities, Project Mitsinjo has directly impact 3000 people in the target communities, with the indirect benefits spreading across the regional population of 200,000 people.
Addax and Oryx Foundation.