Famine in Madagascar
As the south of Madagascar faces its worst drought in 40 years, its people continue to face the brutal consequences of starvation and malnutrition. More than 1.35 million people in the Atsimo Andrefana region face acute food insecurity.
In response to the famine, Humanity & Inclusion teams are providing urgent food support to people with disabilities and their households and offering stimulation therapy to reduce the development of disabilities linked to malnutrition and undernutrition in children.
Humanity & Inclusion in Madagascar
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Madagascar since 1986 and currently has a staff of 163 people in the country. Humanity & Inclusion implements various projects and always centers people with disabilities and other individuals facing extreme circumstances, promoting social inclusion and advocating for their rights.
Despite the return of stability after a period of political turmoil, Madagascar remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Today, residents face food insecurity due to climate change and prolonged drought.
Unemployment remains high, particularly among people with disabilities, who also experience a high level of discrimination within their communities. Mental disabilities carry a particular stigma in the island country.
Areas of Intervention
- Disaster risk reduction
- Inclusive education
- Economic inclusion
- Inclusive development
- Mental health and psychosocial support
- Maternal and infant health services
- Sexual and reproductive health
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Madagascar for more than 30 years. The organization has set up orthopedic-fitting centers and implemented several rehabilitation projects. It now facilitates access to care for people with disabilities, promotes their social inclusion and advances their rights. Staff strives to develop an "education-training" continuum to promote equal opportunities for young people with disabilities to succeed throughout their educational and learning careers. Humanity & Inclusion also supports the care of people with epilepsy as well as their social and educational participation.
Teams also implement a mother and infant health program to reduce mother and newborn mortality and improve access to services. Through our community-based prevention and response strategy, teams works to improve the mental health of people in psychosocial distress and/or living with mental health disorders.
Humanity & Inclusion supports emergency humanitarian response and has helped people combat the Covid-19 pandemic by strengthening preparation capacity and the economic and psychological resilience of affected people. Teams also strengthen local preparation and response to climate-related hazards according to an integrated and inclusive multi-sectoral approach.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Madagascar since 1986, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion fo people with disabilities. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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From 1987 to 1996, Humanity & Inclusion focused its efforts exclusively on providing rehabilitation services in Madagascar.
Action Nord Sud Period
Humanity & Inclusion centered its operation around structuring the non-profit sector in the country from 1996 to 2005.
From 2006 to 2014, the organization refocused its work on disability.