Action Against Hunger has been present in Madagascar since 2011


Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world: nearly 80% of the population lives on less than £1.50 a day


Country Overview

Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries. Its economy benefits from ecotourism, ecological research and a growing agricultural region, but the unequal distribution of wealth has left nearly 80% of the population living on less than £1.50 per day. This widespread poverty, combined with weak government agencies and a fragile political situation, has led to an alarming humanitarian situation.The last political crisis broke out in 2009 and lead to over four years of unrest. The impact of this conflict on the health system and economy is still visible in the country today. 

Madagascar is also extremely vulnerable to floods and cyclones, especially during the rainy season. Between 1980 and 2010, the country suffered 35 cyclones and floods, five periods of severe drought, five earthquakes and six epidemics. This vulnerability has been intensified by increased migration to large cities, deteriorating road infrastructure and very poor security conditions. Some villages have exceeded the emergency threshold for global acute malnutrition (10 per cent) established by WHO(World Health Organisation) and, nationally, the country has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world at 47%.

People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been working in Madagascar since 2011. From the beginning, our teams focused on supporting the existing health care systems as well as outreach projects to prevent and treat under-nutrition (particularly in the capital) among vulnerable families from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. In addition, to mitigate the situation of nutritional insecurity declared in 2016, emergency programmes have been launched in the south, focused on treating acute under-nutrition and ensuring access to drinking water. Action Against Hunger, a major actor in emergency responses, intervened in 2017 following Cyclone Enawo in the north, and in the Bubonic plague epidemic that hit the country at the end of the year. In 2018, our teams plan to strengthen our action through a resilience-based approach.

Our programmes in Madagascar include: 

  • Screening and treatment of children with acute malnutrition
  • Educating parents and community leaders in how to spot the early signs of malnutrition
  • Providing mothers with care and support while they are pregnant and nursing
  • Recovery projects in the aftermath of tropical cyclones
  • Providing clean water and sanitation
  • Education on the prevention of waterborne diseases
  • Psychosocial support groups 


Action Against Hunger has been present in Madagascar since 2011
Action Against Hunger has been present in Madagascar since 2011


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Antananarivo, Bongolava, Itasy, Betioky, Tulear