Mar 5, 2019

MCDI Participates in Madagascar's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Week 2019

From March 5-7, Medical Care Development International (MCDI)'s Fonds d'Appui pour l'Assainissement (FAA) project (funded by the Global Sanitation Fund) participated in Madagascar's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Week 2019 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The national event is organized by the Ministry of Energy, Water, and Hydrocarbons, which is in charge of the WASH sector within the country. The Minister invited all implementation, technical and financial partners of the sector to springboard future collaborations and partnerships.

The week of WASH aims primarily to: establish strong professional ties between the Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons Vonjy Andriamanga and the sector's stakeholders; promote exchanges and sharing on the achievements, issues and challenges that await us until 2023 and 2030; and explore opportunities for sector development at the national and international levels.

The events of the week included exhibitions of partner organizations, meeting sessions between the Andriamanga and stakeholders, a private meeting between the Ministry and the technical and financial stakeholders, and the official launch of the "Madagasikara Madio 2025," or "Clean Madagascar 2025" national strategy which focuses on the eradication of open defecation in Madagascar.

During an exchange and sharing session between the ministry and sector stakeholders, the FAA team presented on the theme of sustaining the achievements of Community-Led Total Sanitation, including achievements, challenges and lessons learned from the project. Since 2010, the project has enabled over 16,000 villages in Madagascar to obtain open defecation free status.

MCDI hosted an exhibition booth at the event which provided information on FAA's technical approach of Community-Led Total Sanitation and its results over the past nine years in Madagascar. During his visit to MCDI's booth, Andriamanga stated that the FAA project plays an important role in achieving the objectives of "Madagasikara Madio 2025."

Visit of MCDI Madagascar's booth by the Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons Vonjy Andriamanga

The Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons at the official opening of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Week

Dr. Fano of MCDI Madagascar serving as a panelist during a sharing session (3rd on the left)

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