For 25 years, MCD Global Health has been implementing public health programs in Madagascar. With efforts spanning water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), maternal and child health, malaria, and pandemic response and preparedness, MCD’s efforts have resulted in sustainable improvements to the health and wellness of people across Madagascar.
MCD implemented a one-year WASH project funded by UNICEF and with assistance from a local non-governmental organization, Mavila. This program aimed to assist Madagascar in meeting its goal of universal access to WASH by 2030 as well as worked on challenges to WASH in Madagascar’s Anlanjirofo, Atsimo Antsinanana, and Vatovavy Fitovinany regions.
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MCD's History in Madagascar
While our presence in Madagascar began in 1996 with the USAID-funded Betioky Child Survival Project, it is our work in improving access to WASH that has endured for more than 18 years.
MCD’s WASH efforts began in 2005 with a project funded by the African Development Bank. However, it was under the Fonds d'Appui pour l'Assainissessment (FAA, in English, Sanitation Support Fund Program), funded by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (Global Sanitation Fund), that lasted from 2010 through 2020 where our team revolutionized community-led total sanitation (CLTS) approaches and tools to sustainably eliminate open defection.
As part of this approach, communication campaigns and people-centered social behavior change activities were carried out throughout Madagascar under the FAA project that helped change behaviors and create demand and social norms for improved WASH services. All told, FAA activities promoting improved sanitation and hygiene reached more than 10 million people as well as worked with the Ministry of Water in developing improved sanitation strategies.