- Madagascar is pronounced [MAED-uh-GAES-ker]
- Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island; strategic location along Mozambique Channel
- The population is predominantly rural and poor; chronic malnutrition is prevalent, and large families are the norm.
- Early childbearing, coupled with Madagascar’s widespread poverty and lack of access to skilled health care providers during delivery, increases the risk of death and serious health problems for young mothers and their babies.
- Madagascar’s youthful population – just over 60% are under the age of 25 – and high total fertility rate of more than 4 children per women
ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP:
In Madagascar, many mothers are unable to support their children, send their kids to school, or access medical care. In partnership with this group, they are now receiving an income and renewed sense of identity as women and mothers who can independently provide for their families. This group helps support a maternity center where women receive quality and compassionate medical care and education during their pregnancies, labors, deliveries and postpartum period until their babies are 6 months old.
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