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U.S. Government Expands Cyclone Relief to an Additional 6,500 People
USAID is also repairing and rebuilding over 50 health facilities
February 25, 2022

The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are providing humanitarian assistance to an additional 6,500 people in the hard-hit Atsimo Atsinanana, Vatovavy, and Fitovinany regions.

This funding was directed to the non-governmental organization CARE for $300,000 to furnish temporary housing, clean water, and basic household items. This assistance comes on the heels of previous U.S. government support for 1,300 people displaced by Cyclone Batsirai.

“With this assistance we are providing families whose homes have been destroyed with a place to live and recover until they may rebuild their homes and their lives,” U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Amy Hyatt said. “The U.S. government is like ‘Mpirahalahy Mianala’, standing together with the people of Madagascar through this terrible time.”

USAID’s existing health programs are also contributing to cyclone response efforts.

  • Through the ACCESS program, USAID is helping to repair and rebuild over 50 health centers, the district hospital in Mananjary, and the district health office in Nosy Varika.
  • Under the IMPACT program, USAID is providing 10,000 mosquito bed nets, as well as equipment and supplies for hand washing and sanitation.
  • The USAID RANO WASH program is undertaking a wide variety of activities, including repairing damaged water systems, disinfecting damaged wells, rebuilding latrines in schools and at health facilities, and providing people with water treatment supplies and soap.

The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Madagascar, providing more than $50 million in humanitarian assistance in 2021, including life-saving emergency food and other assistance to address food insecurity in Madagascar’s drought-stricken South and millions of free vaccines and other support for the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response. We are stronger together.