In June, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) handed over its project in the south of Madagascar to the Ministry of Health.
Following the political crisis of 2009, people in Madagascar faced a deteriorating economic and health situation and MSF conducted several needs assessments before opening a project in Bekily, Androy region, in 2011. Based at Bekily hospital, and providing support at two health centres, the project’s activities focused on medical care for women experiencing complications and emergencies in pregnancy, malnourished children, and patients with tuberculosis (TB), schistosomiasis (a curable parasitic disease) and malaria.
Over the course of the project, 20,000 patients received emergency consultations, 42 per cent of them were children aged five or under. One in four patients suffered from malaria. Teams carried out 12,000 antenatal consultations and admitted 1,460 children to hospital. A total of 130 TB patients were diagnosed and treated.
No. staff in 2014: 40 | Expenditure: €0.4 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1987 | msf.org/madagascar