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Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic

New York: In southern Madagascar, “famine-like conditions” have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP

New York: Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought,  affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday.

‘Don’t forget Madagascar’s children’, UN appeals for long-term help as emergency worsens

New York/IBNS: Since 2012, the plight of children in Madagascar has not improved and is in many cases getting worse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Madagascar villagers learn dangers of outdoor defecation

New York, June 28 (IBNS): The discussion with villagers starts early in the morning. Volunteers are invited to draw a map of their village on the ground with chalk. One woman’s sketch shows 17 families – a total of 65 people – living in 11 red clay houses. She explains they share the three latrines that have been there for some time.

Madagascar: UN chief commends leaders, State institutions following ‘historic milestone’ election

New York, Jan 9 (IBNS): Following a run-off election for the Presidency of Madagascar which saw former leader Andry Rajoelina declared the winner on Tuesday, the UN chief has commended all those who contributed to the “peaceful and orderly” voting process that began at the end of November.

Madagascar: UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for electoral process

New York, Sept 10 (IBNS): The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country.

UN chief welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar

New York, June 13 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court.

Madagascar: UN health agency sees drop in cases of plague; remains vigilant as risk of spread remains

New York, Nov 4(Just Earth News): While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease.

With people in southern Madagascar ‘living on the brink,' UN scales up efforts to avert food crisis

New York, Oct 21 (Just Earth News): Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar – 840,000 people – is experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, United Nations agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe.

Madagascar: Ban urges respect of democratic institutions as former president returns

New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday rejected remarks made by former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, challenging the legitimacy of his country's democratic institutions.