USAID Launches New Public-Private Partnership with Chocolate and Spices Industry

The innovative approach, known locally as the “TSIRO Alliance”, will improve incomes of more than 2,000 rural farmers and plant more than 1.5 million trees. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on behalf of the American people, has launched a new $5.8 million, five-year, public-private partnership to strengthen Madagascar’s chocolate and spices industry, …

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United States Donates 398,970 More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Madagascar

Part of President Biden’s commitment to purchase 500 million vaccine doses for low- and lower-middle-income countries, these Pfizer vaccines have been proven safe and effective against COVID-19 and all known variants. Today, 398,970 doses of the safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 arrived in Madagascar.  These vaccines were delivered via the COVAX facility and are part …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman Visits Union of the Comoros

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Tobias Glucksman visited Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani) from November 16-19 alongside Defense Attaché Commander Jorge Garcia, Office of Security Cooperation Chief Ty-Jebeck Ruun, Deputy Political and Economic Chief Joe Narus, and Public Affairs Officer Ryan Bradeen.  Through this official visit, DCM Glucksman and the U.S. delegation sought to strengthen relations between the United States and Comoros, …

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U.S. Embassy and University of Comoros to revamp the American Corner in Moroni

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros signed on November 17 a Memorandum of Understanding to renew our partnership with the University of Comoros in hosting the American Corner Comoros at the IFERE Building in Moroni.  This American Corner will continue to build bridges between the people of the United States and Comoros through programs …

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The U.S. Government Launches Indoor Spraying Campaign to Protect 850,000 People from Malaria

The U.S. government and the Ministry of Public Health’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) have launched an indoor spraying campaign to control malaria that will protect 850,000 people in the Atsimo Andrefana and Ihorombe regions. Malaria remains a serious threat to the lives of millions of Malagasy people, it keeps children from school and adults …

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United States Donates 336,000 More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Madagascar

The single-shot Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a donation from the American people, comes as Madagascar opens its borders to international travel.  The U.S. government has donated 336,000 doses of the Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Madagascar as part of the Biden Administration’s global effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its devastating social and economic impacts, and build back a world that is better prepared for future …

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Peace Corps Helps Launch Vaccination Campaign in Commune of Mantasoa

With the support of the U.S. Peace Corps, the Mantasoa CSB II launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign yesterday.  The campaign is providing free, Johnson&Johnson vaccines – a donation from the U.S. government – to approximately 4,000 community members in the 11 Fokontany of Mantasoa. “It’s great that we can provide vaccinations to the people of …

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Announcement of USAID Project to Counter Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking: Press Statement by Chargée d’Affaires Amy Hyatt

Antananarivo, October 15, 2021 Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that damages economic prosperity, the rule-of-law, good governance, conservation efforts, and human health.  Illegal wildlife trafficking is often enabled by corruption. Today we are announcing that that the United States Government is investing in the fight to end corruption and wildlife trafficking here in Madagascar. …

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U.S. Government Launches New Project to Combat Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking in Madagascar

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and on behalf of the American people, launched on October 15 a new $3.4 million, three-year project to address the growing problems of illegal wildlife trafficking and related corruption. “Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that damages economic prosperity, rule-of-law, good governance, …

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United States Provides $200,000 for Urgent COVID-19 Assistance to Comoros

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt announced that the American people – through their development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), – are providing $200,000 in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Comoros in partnership with the World Health Organization. This assistance will support the Government of Comoros’s COVID-19 response in areas such as …

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U.S. Government Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Front Line Health Workers in Comoros

The U.S. government completed last week the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers at seven health clinics in the Comoros.  The clinics, spread across the islands, were identified as some of those hardest hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic. “This head-to-toe equipment, donated by the U.S. government, will keep these Comorian …

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Honors Comorian Grant Recipients and Exchange Participants

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt hosted a ceremony on October 4, 2021 in honor of the Comorian citizens who have participated in U.S. exchange programs and who have recently received small grants from the U.S. Embassy to help address challenges in their communities. Since 2020, the U.S. government has awarded Comorian individuals and organizations …

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U.S. Government-Supported Environmental Legal Clinic Opens in Morondava

This legal clinic will promote environmental justice and enforcement of environmental laws in the Menabe region Today, Ambassador Amy Hyatt, United States Chargé d’Affaires for Madagascar and the Comoros, cut the ribbon to officially open the U.S. Government-supported Environmental Legal Clinic in Morondava. This legal clinic is an independent entity that provides communities in the …

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Participates in Sustainable Agriculture Forum in Show of Support for Menabe Region

Supported by the U.S. government, the Menabe Sustainable Agriculture Forum is convening government officials, local leaders, and foreign ambassador from September 23-25 U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt is participating in a three-day agriculture forum in Morondava aimed at finding sustainable solutions to the Menabe region’s environmental problems. The American people, through the United States …

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United States Continues Comprehensive Support to the Government of Madagascar’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on behalf of the American people has provided an additional $5.1 million in assistance for Madagascar’s COVID-19 response. This funding, which supports national and community level primary health care facilities, will accelerate widespread and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination and reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Through …

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USAID’s SHOPS Plus Project Closes with Track Record of Improving Private Healthcare in Madagascar

Today, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Health Office Director, Sophia Brewer, and a Representative from the Ministry of Public Health officially closed out a collaborative project focused on improving access to quality healthcare services, primarily through private-sector engagement.  The project, Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector otherwise known as SHOPS Plus, …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 11 Young Malagasy Leaders for Completing Intensive U.S. Leadership Training

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros congratulated 11 young Malagasy leaders for completing a six-week intensive U.S. leadership training known as the Mandela Washington Fellowship in an official ceremony last night. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In past years, it has provided …

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The U.S. Government Donates $1.5 Million in Medical Equipment to Enhance Quality of Services in 13 Districts

This donation is part of the U.S. government’s partnership with the Ministry of Public Health to improve the quality of health services for the Malagasy people The American people, through our development agency the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have donated 200 beds and mattresses and other medical materials and equipment to health …

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Labor Day Message to Workers and Trade Unions

This is a joint op-ed co-authored by the U.S. Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. to Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe. The story of the United States of America is the story of its workers, whose enduring contributions we recognize annually on …

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30 Teachers Introduced to “American English” Methods and Resources

Rigorous, modern methods for teaching English should also be interactive, communicative, and fun. That is the main lesson that thirty experienced or emerging teacher-trainers from Antananarivo learned through the U.S. Embassy’s American English Training-of-Trainers (AE TOT) workshop from September 2-4. During the three-day training, participants explored the U.S. Department of State’s American English teaching and …

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U.S. Department of Defense Donates 300,000 Pre-Packed Humanitarian Meals to Southern Madagascar

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy J. Hyatt donated nearly 300,000 pre-packed humanitarian meals from the U.S. Department of Defense to the regional office of the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC) and Catholic Relief Services in an official handover ceremony on August 25. “This $2.1 million contribution by the U.S. Department of Defense …

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The U.S. Government Supports the National Campaign to Distribute Mosquito Bed Nets

With a contribution of more than 3.6 million bed nets from USAID, the national mosquito bed net campaign will protect over 22 million people from malaria The U.S. government steadfastly supports Madagascar’s efforts to protect its citizens from the dangers of malaria.  Since 2008, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development …

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U.S. Exchange Program for Young African Leaders Accepting Applications Now through September 15

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros opened today the four-week application period for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Since 2014, 77 young leaders from Madagascar and 21 young leaders from Comoros have participated in this prestigious …

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U.S. Government Donates Hygiene Supplies to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Rural Access to New Opportunities in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) project, has donated equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene to support Madagascar’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID provided the ministry with 60 disinfectant sprayers, 400 …

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Humanitarian Partners Coordinate Efforts to Address Drought in Southern Madagascar

Action is needed to support southern residents during the coming lean season. In the face of continuing food shortages in southern Madagascar caused by a series of droughts, more than 1 million people in the south face dire food insecurity as the next lean season approaches. The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for …

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United States Donates 302,750 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Madagascar

The U.S. government donated 302,750 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Madagascar as part of the Administration’s global effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.The vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa.  The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union, Africa CDC, and COVAX on the country allocations.  COVAX …

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100,000 People in Southern Madagascar to Benefit from New U.S. Government Assistance

The U.S. government funding is feeding 683,000 people in the south and southeast For the past eight years, a series of droughts have devastated southern Madagascar, and this year the situation is especially severe.  Many people are struggling day-to-day to find enough food to eat.  Farmers are experiencing sandstorms instead of rainstorms and the outlook …

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USAID Donates Computer and Communications Equipment to Improve Management of Public Funds

The donation will strengthen the Court of Account’s operational effectiveness, enhance their ability to conduct in-depth investigations and evaluations, and transparently share findings with the public. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated computer and teleconference equipment in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to enhance management at Madagascar’s Court …

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U.S. Government Expands Infectious Disease Testing

A new project on infectious diseases strengthens public health diagnosis and surveillance and builds the capacity of local laboratories. The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, is helping Madagascar fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the donation of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing …

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14 Participants from Madagascar and Comoros Selected for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship

U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is proud to announce that the following young leaders will participate in the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship:  Alexandre Manamamonjy, Henintsoa Rakotoarison, HeriniainaAndriamalala, James Rakotomalala, Jannie Nadia Ratsimba, Lova Randrianasolo, Misa Rasolofoarison, NabezaRazafindrakala, Tojosoa Ramarlina, Tsiry Randrianavelo, and Vony Randrianonenana from Madagascar; as well as Aincha Aboubakar Oumadi, Chamsoudine Ali Abderemane …

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Embassy Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

No matter where you live, the simple act of buying a product can affect the human rights of someone you have never met.  It can also lead to the extinction of a plant or animal. Business activity – from producing to selling, to investing, and buying – impacts the lives of billions of people worldwide.  Every day we engage in some sort of business activity. …

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U.S. Government Provides Nearly $40 Million in Additional Emergency Assistance for Southern Madagascar

As food insecurity worsens, new funding will provide emergency food assistance for more than 729,000 people With recent assessments showing that the food security situation in southern Madagascar continues to worsen, U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier announced today that the U.S. Government would contribute nearly $40 million in additional support to the drought-stricken south.  This urgently …

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Pride Month: Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros

This month, the U.S. Embassy is celebrating Pride Month to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) communities and their contributions to making the United States a more perfect union.  June 28 marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a turning point in the gay rights movement in the United States, during …

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USAID’s Community Health Program Improved Health in Seven Regions of Madagascar

After five years of operation, the Mahefa Miaraka program has built a stronger community health system in rural regions Today, USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and the Minister of Public Health Professeur Rakotovao Hanitrala Jean Louis marked the close of USAID’s five-year CommunityCapacity for Health Program during an online ceremony.  Since 2016, the program, locally …

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U.S. Embassy Awards Malagasy Doctor for His Leadership on Efforts to Combat COVID-19

U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier recognized Dr. Gilbert Andrianandrasana with the U.S. Embassy’s Champions of Madagascar “Mpiaradia” Award for his leadership in delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and health centers across Madagascar. Dr. Gilbert is the Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) IMPACT health program. The U.S. Department of …

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U.S. Government Donates Hygiene Supplies to COVID-19 Treatment Centers in Six Regions

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Rural Access to New Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (RANO WASH) project, has donated equipment and supplies to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene in six COVID-19 treatment centers. This donation supports the Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 response strategy in coordination with the Ministry of …

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United States Congratulates Madagascar on Arrival of First COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States congratulates Madagascar on the successful arrival of 250,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine on May 8.  This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out of a total planned $4 billion— …

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World Press Freedom Day – Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros May 3, 2021

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, we celebrate the role of a free and independent press, which is as important as ever. Throughout the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the press in Madagascar, Comoros, and around the world have continued to play a critical role in ensuring transparency, informing citizens, and fighting …

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U.S. Embassy Looks Forward to Air Quality Awareness Week May 3-7

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros joins the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Forest Service, and U.S. embassies around the world in celebrating the 15th annual Air Quality Awareness Week this May 3 -7 under the theme of “Healthy Air -Important for …

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U.S. Government Donates 3.6 Million Mosquito Bed Nets to Protect 6 Million People from Malaria

This donation of bed nets continues the U.S. government’s commitment to protecting the Malagasy population from malaria Malaria remains one of Madagascar’s major public health problems.  It is the fourth leading cause of disease and one of the top reasons people seek care at health centers.  In 2020, nearly two million cases of malaria were …

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U.S. Government Electrifies 10 Rural Health Clinics; 25 More Underway

USAID is bringing solar power to 35 clinics, improving health care for 140,000 in northeast Madagascar If doctors do not have access to electricity, providing even basic health care can be perilous.  “A number of doctors have shared shocking stories of delivering babies in the dark and navigating complicated births by the light of their …

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U.S. Government Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Front Line Malagasy Health Workers

Health workers in 13 COVID hot spots received “head-to-toe” protection On March 11, front line health care workers in 13 areas of Madagascar hard hit by Covid-19 received welcome assistance – “head-to-toe” personal protective equipment (PPE) donated by the U.S. government to keep these critical health workers healthy and continuing their vital work of caring …

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U.S. Government-Funded Research to Investigate the Mystery of Madagascar’s Iconic Baobab Trees

USAID awards a $130,000 research grant to the University of Antananarivo Madagascar’s most iconic baobab tree species, the Adansonia grandidieri Baillon, are economically valuable and culturally emblematic of the nation.  They are also orphans. Research botanists like University of Antananarivo’s Dr. Seheno Andriantsaralaza consider plants like the baobab “orphaned” because the animals that naturally disperse …

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U.S. Government Helps Establish First Land Tenure Office in Analanjirofo

The new office will help 2,500 people secure land rights leading to greater financial stability and economic opportunity The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Mikajy activity, inaugurated the first land tenure office in Analanjirofo region on February 18.  USAID helped the Commune of Voloina establish this office because conflicts …

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U.S. Government Awards $2 Million in Grants to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Madagascar

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has awarded two $1 million grants in Madagascar for projects that combat wildlife trafficking and illegal logging. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar announced the grants during a February 17 ceremony in Maroantsetra attended by John Dunlop, the Mission Director for the …

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USAID Presents a New Five-Year Strategy for its Development Activities in Madagascar

Under the new strategy, the U.S. government will invest more than $490 million over the next five years U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Tobias Glucksman led a briefing by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials to outline USAID’s new five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Liva Djacoba …

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U.S. Department of Labor Awards $4.5 Million in Grants to Reduce Child Labor in Mica-Producing Communities in Madagascar

WASHINGTON, DC – To help reduce child labor in Madagascar, one of the leading suppliers of mica where estimates of 10,000 children work in the mines, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $4.5 million cooperative agreement to the United Nations Development Programme. The award will support implementation of a project …

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New 5-Year U.S. Government-Funded Program to Strengthen Management of Public Funds

ANTANANARIVO – U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier and the First President of the Supreme Court of Madagascar Rajaona Andriamanankiandrianina announced a new $4 million U.S. governmentfunded program that will build the capacity of Madagascar’s Court of Accounts and improve the management of public funds. The Court of Accounts is Madagascar’s supreme audit institution responsible for auditing …

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U.S. Ambassador Reinforces U.S. Commitment to WHO During Visit to UN Resident Representative

To reinforce the United States’ renewed commitment to the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Ambassador Michael Pelletier paid a courtesy call on Wednesday to UN Resident Representative to Madagascar Issa Sanogo and WHO Resident Representative Pr. Charlotte Ndiaye. Ambassador Pelletier echoed President Biden’s recognition of the vital role that WHO plays in confronting the COVID-19 …

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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros: Storming of the United States Capitol

The United States Congress has completed its Constitutionally mandated count of the Electoral College vote and affirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris.  They will be sworn into office and a peaceful transfer of power will occur on January 20, 2021.  The criminals who committed violent acts of terror against …

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U.S. Department of State Awards Malagasy Team $24,500 for “Women Break the Silence” Project

Antananarivo – The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is pleased to announce that Marie Christina Kolo and her team have won the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) award for their project Women Break the Silence.  Projected to begin in January, this project seeks to support victims of sexual violence, …

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U.S. Government Provides $100 Million to Improve Food Security in South and Southeastern Madagascar

Three new USAID projects will deliver immediate food aid and long-term solutions ANTANANARIVO – Alongside President Andry Rajoelina, U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier was pleased to announce three new projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), making an additional $100 million commitment by the United States to combat food insecurity in …

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The U.S. Government Provides Critical Support to the Turtle Survival Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the health and livelihoods of Madagascar’s people; it also jeopardizes thousands of critically endangered tortoises currently in the care of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). Facing a projected 80% drop in funding from its largest supporters — zoos and aquariums now shuttered due to COVID-19 — TSA thought it …

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The U.S. Government and the National Malaria Control Program Launch Indoor Spraying Campaign to Prevent Malaria

Malaria remains a severe risk to millions of people in Madagascar.  It is the fourth leading cause of disease and one of the top reasons people seek care at health centers.  Since the beginning of the year, over 1.4 million people in Madagascar, 5.6% of the population, have fallen ill with malaria. The U.S. Government …

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U.S. Government’s Power Africa to Bring Electricity to 5,200 Rural Homes and Businesses

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Power Africa initiative, has awarded three companies in Madagascar a combined $1.2 million in grant funding to develop mini-grids that will bring electricity to more than 5,200 rural homes and businesses.  These grants are part of the U.S. Government’s $3 …

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The Embassy of the United States Celebrates the 21st Annual International Education Week

MORONI – Engaged, resilient, global: these are the characteristics cultivated by high-quality international education and the themes of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), happening from November 16 – 20.  IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrated around the world every November.  The U.S. …

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The Embassy of the United States Celebrates the 21st Annual International Education Week

ANTANANARIVO – Engaged, resilient, global: these are the characteristics cultivated by high-quality international education and the themes of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), happening from November 16 – 20.  IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrated around the world every November. The U.S. …

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The U.S. Government Donates Computer Equipment to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Rural Access to New Opportunities in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) project, has donated $18,000 of computer equipment, including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and teleconferencing equipment, to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. This support is the second donation of …

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MCC and Africa50 Announce Strategic Collaboration, Creating New Global Investment Platform

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Africa50 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and launch the Millennium Impact for Infrastructure Accelerator (MIIA) Development Partnership. The new MIIA entity will be a global investment platform designed to spur and attract impact investments in Africa by developing bankable infrastructure deals with measurable …

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64,000 Children in Southern Madagascar Will Benefit from U.S. Government Assistance to Combat Malnutrition

As food insecurity in southern Madagascar becomes more severe, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided $2.5 million to UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide treatment for children under five years of age who are suffering from moderate and severe acute malnutrition. An analysis conducted in April 2020 …

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The U.S. Government Launches 5-Year Project to Improve Madagascar’s Health Information System

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), in partnership with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), is officially launching the PMI Measure Malaria project to build up the national health information system and combat malaria in Madagascar. Funded by USAID and PMI, PMI …

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The U.S. Government Improves Access to Clean Water in Eastern Madagascar

For too many years, the communities of Anosibe Ifody (Moramanga, Alaotra Mangoro region) and Niarovana Caroline (Vatomandry, Atsinanana region) in Eastern Madagascar have struggled under the burden of undependable, contaminated water sources that led to sickness and poor sanitation. Anosibe Ifody was plagued with water quality problems including siltation during the rainy season and bacteriological …

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New Tablet Computers to Help Eliminate Malaria in Two Districts of Madagascar

The U.S. Government’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are donating 65 tablet computers to support the Government of Madagascar’s plan to stamp out malaria in the districts of Antsirabe II and Antsiranana I. The U.S. Government, through PMI and USAID, supports Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health and …

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The U.S. Government Donates Millions of Tests and Treatments for Malaria

“While we are currently battling the COVID-19 outbreak, we must continue to be vigilant against other threats to our public health and safety. Malaria remains a significant challenge and a risk to the health and well-being of Malagasy people,” stated U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier, as he announced a significant donation from the U.S. Government …

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Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier on the U.S. contribution to fight COVID-19

April 20, 2020 The story of U.S. leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of days, months, and decades. Every day, new U.S. technical and material assistance arrives in hospitals and labs around the world. These efforts, in turn, build on a decades-long foundation of American expertise, generosity, and planning that is …

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy

January 19, 2020 The United States congratulates Madagascar on the launch of today’s tree-planting campaign in Ankazobe.  The United States Embassy is proud to partner with the government and people of Madagascar on environmental conservation activities aimed at protecting the island’s spectacular biodiversity and natural resources.  The Government of the United States of America, through …

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40 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-in

ANTANANARIVO – 40 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the American Ambassador, His Excellency Michael Pelletier, in a ceremony held at his residence in Ambaranjana today. These new Volunteers will work in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). They recently finished eleven weeks of intensive cultural, language, and …

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Forty-two New Peace Corps Volunteers Will Work in the Fields of Health and Agriculture

ANTANANARIVO–On June 6, 2019, forty-two new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the American Ambassador Michael Pelletier in a ceremony at the Ambassador’s Residence in Antananarivo. The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture. Volunteers recently finished ten weeks of intensive cultural, language, and technical training and have now …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium

U.S. Embassy Hosts 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium The U.S. Embassy holds Madagascar’s largest capacity-building workshop for local English teachers ANTANANARIVO – The opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy’s 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium took place today at the Centre de Conference International (CCI) Ivato. Supporting President Andry Rajoelina’s initiative to strengthen English …

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New United States-Funded Health Project to Deliver Medical Supplies in 13 Regions of Madagascar

The $32 million IMPACT program will improve the supply and delivery of materials for maternal and child health, malaria, and family planning ANTANANARIVO — The United States government has introduced its second major health program of the year, officially launching activities for the Improving Market Partnership and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program, in partnership …

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The United States Government Launches its Largest Ever Health Project in Madagascar

The five-year ACCESS Health Program will improve health services for nearly 16 million Malagasy people ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), together with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health has officially launched the Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS) Activity —a five-year, $90-million health program that …

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

January 28, 2019 Michael Peter Pelletier appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros Michael Peter Pelletier was appointed as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros on January 2, 2019.  …

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Meeting between the U.S. Embassy and Prime Minister’s Office

ANTANANARIVO — On November 30, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Stuart Wilson, accompanied by USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and Political Officer Thomas Brouns, met with Prime Minister Christian Ntsay, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Mahazoarivo.  The discussion was centered on the issue of Trafficking in Persons (TIP).  The Chargé d’Affaires emphasized his appreciation for …

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Inauguration of New USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Offices in Antananarivo

ANTANANARIVO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce that the recently sworn-in Director of USAID in Madagascar, John L. Dunlop, inaugurated the new offices of the USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy projects in Ankadivato and Tsiadana on the morning of Wednesday, September 26, 2018. These projects form the …

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USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Projects

New USAID Environment Projects Will Help Local Communities Lead The Way on Natural Resources Management A pair of 5-year projects will support national-level planning and local development in two key regions of Madagascar ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), has officially launched two new projects benefiting Madagascar’s …

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Statement from the U.S. Embassy – The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo congratulates Prime Minister Ntsay on his June 4th appointment

The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo congratulates Prime Minister Ntsay on his June 4th appointment and is encouraged by his commitment at the handover ceremony to preparing  “inclusive, transparent, credible elections, the results of which will be accepted by all.”  We  urge all parties to continue to abide by the Constitutionally-mandated process, to include court rulings …

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Chargé Wilson Swears-in 44 New Peace corps Volunteers in Health and Agriculture Fields

ANTANANARIVO – On May 17th, 44 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the Chargé d’ Affaires Stuart R. Wilson in a ceremony at the Peace Corps Training Center in Mantasoa.  The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture.  Volunteers recently finished 11 weeks of intensive cultural, language, and …

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USAID Launches Environmental Support for Madagascar

USAID Launches Environmental Support for Madagascar, Announcing the First of Two Major Activities ‘Hay Tao’ will focus on strengthening local governance of natural resources  ANTANANARIVO — U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate announced USAID’s ‘Hay Tao’ program today, the first significant piece of a new Conservation and Communities Project (CCP). Hay Tao is the largest U.S. environmental investment …

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20 lycée students selected to participate in English Access Program

ANTANANARIVO – In a launching ceremony organized at the Embassy in Andranomena on February 28 to mark the installment of the “English Microscholarship Access Program”, Ambassador Robert Yamate congratulated the 20 students from public lycées in Antananarivo who have been selected to participate in a two-year English study program.The program is funded by the U.S. …

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Press Release

2018 Election United States Government Contributes $1.2 Million to Strengthen 2018 Elections Preparedness Contribution will support CENI and civic engagement in elections process ANTANANARIVO — The United States government today announced $1.2 million to help Madagascar conduct free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections in 2018.  The money is a grant to the United Nations Development …

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PLAGUE RESPONSE

U.S. ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL PLAGUE RESPONSE The total U.S. contribution to plague response in Madagascar is now $3.5 million ANTANANARIVO — U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate today announced an additional $2 million from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emergency Reserve Fund to help the people of Madagascar respond to this …

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U.S. Government Assistance to tackle plague

U.S. Government provides a total of USD 1.5 million of assistance to tackle plague ANTANANARIVO – U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate and USAID Mission Director Michele Godette announced the award of an additional emergency assistance of one million dollars to support the Government of Madagascar’s efforts to manage the plague outbreak.  While the epidemic seems …

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Solar Power Plant Inauguration

Fluidic/Henri Fraise Solar Power Plant Inauguration and Launch of 100 Villages Project Antananarivo/Madagascar – United States Ambassador Robert T. Yamate joined President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, local and national leaders, and a representative from Henri Fraise today to inaugurate the Fluidic/Henri Fraise solar power plant of the pilot site in Belobaka, Bongolava Region, a project that will …

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New Peace Corps Volunteers to Teach English Language in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – 29 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by the United States Ambassador on September 8, 2017, in a ceremony that included the Ministry of the National Education. The new Volunteers will be teaching English as a Foreign Language in middle and high schools across Madagascar. They completed a thirteen-week intensive pre-service training …

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United States Congressional Delegation Visit

United States Congressional Delegation Visit Underscores Commitment to Madagascar   Antananarivo – A delegation of six members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Robert Goodlatte, will be in Madagascar for the next two days.  The delegation will attend the inauguration of the Symbion Power Plant Mandroseza along with …

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Reform of English Teaching Curriculum

Reform of English Teaching Curriculum for Secondary School Completed With the U.S. Embassy Support    ANTANANARIVO, MAY 12 – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson and Minister of Education Paul Rabary spoke today at the closing ceremony for a symposium on revising the National Curriculum for the Teaching of English Language for the 10th, 11th, and …

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U.S. AFRICOM

A delegation led by Alex Laskaris, the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement (DCME) from United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM), accompanied by Ambassador Robert T. Yamate, paid a courtesy call to President Rajaonarimampianina at Iavoloha Palace today. The visit was part of the U.S. AFRICOM tour in the Indian Ocean region. The delegation …

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America Week

The United States and Madagascar celebrate 150 years of friendship U.S. Ambassador Robert T.  Yamate, accompanied by a representative of the Malagasy Government launched “America Week” at City Hall Analakely on April 25, 2017.  This is part of the American Embassy’s celebration 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Madagascar and the United States.  In his …

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38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy

United States Gives 38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy   NOSY BE – Ambassador Robert Yamate and President Rajaonarimampianina attended today in Nosy Be the commissioning of the Metal Shark Defiant Response Boat.  The donation of this new vessel is a response to a request submitted by the Malagasy government in 2014.  Minister of …

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$2.7 million for drought relief

01/30/2017 : U.S. government provides another $2.7 million for drought relief; calls for a formal emergency declaration New funding brings the total U.S. government contribution to over $39 million for emergency food relief to southern Madagascar Antananarivo – As the emergency in the south of Madagascar continues into the lean season between harvests, the United …

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2016 Origin Africa

11/03/2016 : Official opening in Antananarivo of the Textile and Apparel Fair “Origin Africa”,   Antananarivo – Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa Florie Liser attended the official opening in Antananarivo of the Textile and Apparel Fair “Origin Africa”, chaired by President Rajaonarimampianina this morning. Noting her presence, the President said in his remarks …

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Presidential Election Results

11/09/2016 : Ambassador Yamate Election Results Press Conference Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 13:00MPR, U.S. Embassy Thank you all for coming today to cover this momentous occasion – the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Since our country’s founding, the electorate in the United States has progressed from one where only a small portion of …

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Launch of Youth Civic Center

New venue to empower Malagasy youth leadership, civic engagement and democracy ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR—On September 15, the Minister of Culture, Promotion of Handicraft, and Safeguard of Patrimony Jean Jacques Rabenirina joined U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate to cut the ribbon marking the opening of the Youth Civic Center (Y.C.C.), or “Ivotoerana Fikoloana Tanora ho Mendrika,” located in …

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Africa Endeavor 2016

ANTANANARIVO – The Armed Forces of Madagascar, in partnership with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is hosting representatives from 40 African nations and several regional and international organizations for the Africa Endeavor 2016 Leader Symposium in Antananarivo August 22 to 26. The President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and the U.S. Africa Deputy to the Commander …

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48 Lycée Students selected to Participate in English Access Program

In a launching ceremony to mark the 6th installment of the English Microscholarship Access Program at the American Center in Tanjombato, U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate along with the Minister of National Education Paul Rabary congratulated the 48 students from 11publiclycées in Antananarivo who have been selected to participate in a two-year English study program at the …

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United States Provides $8 Million to Help Drought Victims in Southern Madagascar

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $8 million in additional emergency humanitarian assistance to help people suffering from the ongoing drought in the south of Madagascar.  The funding will be used to provide food and nutritional supplements to people in the Androy, Atsimo Andrefana and Anosy …

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45 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in in a Ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

On May 3rd, 2016, forty-five new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate in a ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Antananarivo. The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture.  Volunteers recently finished three months of intensive cultural, language, and technical training and have now …

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Deputy Secretary Higginbottom Travels to Madagascar, April 26 – 28

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom is among the most senior U.S. State Department officials to visit Madagascar.  As the country returns to democracy, her visit underscores the support of the U.S. Government for the Malagasy people.  During the visit, she will discuss governance, including transparency and accountability, development and economic growth, and the preservation of Madagascar’s unique …

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2016 English Microscholarship Access Program

The Embassy of the United States supports Malagasy youth education through English Microscholarships The Embassy of the United States and the English Teaching Program (ETP) launched the call for this year’s “English Microscholarship Access Program”.  The program calls for the participation of talented teenagers of 13 to 20 year-old from public high schools that come from …

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USAID Mission Director Signs Governance, Environment and Health Amendment Agreements with Minister of Finance

USAID Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley and Minister of Finance and Budget Rakotoarimanana Gervais have signed three grant agreement amendments for support to Madagascar’s governance, environment and health. The Minister of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Ecology, the …

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Seeds and food assistance to Help Victims of Drought in Southern Madagascar begins in Ambovombe

Over 500 people received vouchers in Ambonaivo commune, Ambovombe district, Androy region this week, with which they bought seeds and agricultural tools to prepare for the upcoming planting season. More than 200 other beneficiaries received food for their work on rehabilitating a community rain-catchment basin in Beratro I. This agricultural fair and food-for-work activity, funded …

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U.S. Ambassador Officially Launches Maternal and Child Survival Program in Atsinanana Region

US Ambassador Officially Launches Maternal and Child Survival Program in Atsinanana Region; Donates Basic Equipment to local University Hospital and Midwifery School The United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development and their partner, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) donated basic essential equipment to the University hospital and midwifery school in Toamasina …

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Launch of USAID/OFDA-funded Project for Flood-prone Communities in the Capital

Ambassador Yamate Speech – Launch of CARE/CUA IARIVO Project The United States Agency for International Development, through its Office for Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing help to the urban commune of Antananarivo (CUA) to cope with natural disasters through a project named “IARIVO.” Implemented by a USAID partner—CARE and the urban commune of Antananarivo, this …

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The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is pleased to be participating in International Education Week

U.S. Embassy celebrates International Education Week The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is pleased to be participating in International Education Week.  This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide.  The Embassy’s participation— a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education—is part …

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The U.S. Embassy announces Cybersecurity: Public Awareness Week

To enhance public awareness and to help create a culture of cybersecurity where we live and work, the U.S Embassy is conducting a social and traditional media campaign on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is critical to global security.  All nations have a responsibility to protect their own networks and information infrastructure, to ensure that their networks and …

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U.S. Ambassador Closes Week-Long Conference on “Enhancing Human Security”

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate presided over the closing ceremony along with the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Dominique Rakotozafy to mark the completion of a week-long seminar on “Human Security” at Cercle Mess Soanierana from September 21 through September 25, 2015.  As part of the military cooperation between the U.S. and Madagascar, this seminar, …

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Opening of the American Corner/Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Innovation Space

On September 17, a hundred alumni from U.S. exchange programs joined U.S Ambassador Robert Yamate to celebrate the opening of the American Corner/Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Innovation Space located in the American Center building, Tanjombato.  The American Corner is open to all, but as a YALI Innovation Space, will be particularly important to our …

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“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”

As part of the inauguration of the American Center in Antananarivo, the U.S Embassy and the Ranomafana Valbio Center and MICET (Madagascar Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments) jointly organized on September 16 a screening of the IMAX film “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”, featuring Stony brook University’s Distinguished Professor and Primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright …

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American Center inauguration

On September 15, the American Center in Madagascar was officially inaugurated in a ceremony co-chaired by the President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate. Representatives of the Malagasy government, the diplomatic corps, civil society, business leaders and hundreds of guests were in attendance. Ambassador Yamate said in his keynote address: “Together, we …

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USAID/Food for Peace’s Fararano Program

On June 19, the Minister of Environment Ralava Beboarimisa, the US Ambassador Robert T. Yamate, and the USAID Mission Director Susan S. Riley visited the village of Kelilalina to witness development activities provided through USAID/Food for Peace’s Fararanoprogram.  They spent the morning meeting with mothers and their small children who received nutritious food rations of …

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Pregnancy Test Kits introduced in Community Health Workers’ Activity address unmet Family Planning Needs

Over the past few years, the increase in the use of modern contraceptives in Madagascar has slowed down. Enabling couples to determine whether, when and how often to have children is vital to safe motherhood and healthy families. Increasing access to family planning results in profound health, economic and social benefits, and could prevent up …

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United States to give $2.2 million for Polio Eradication in Madagascar

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contributee $2.2 million to support the efforts of the government of Madagascar to eradicate polio in the country.  Over 4.3 million Malagasy children under the age of five will directly benefit from this support. In Madagascar, the last wild polio virus case …

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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson (Madagascar’s Current Political Situation)

The United States is closely following ongoing political developments in Madagascar.  The country has made tremendous progress since its 2013 elections and return to democracy, and we hope that current developments do not jeopardize those gains. We call on all parties to resolve the current political impasse with respect for the rule of law and …

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Special Envoy Hochstein Visits Madagascar

The U.S. State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos J Hochstein, visited Madagascar May 14-15, 2015.  He advises the Secretary of State on global energy security and diplomacy.  He promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability and prosperity around the world.  He also advises …

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U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate Presents the 2015 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows from Madagascar and Comoros

On May 12, U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate along with USAID Director Susan Riley announced the nine young people from Madagascar and Comoros who have been invited to participate in the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship this year.  These YALI Fellows – six from Madagascar and three from Comoros – along with 500 …

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