Year / duration: 2002 / 2 Years
In rural Madagascar, 80 – 90% of the population have no access to basic sanitation and clean water. Polluted water is one of the main causes of disease and many villages have serious health problems including typhoid, cholera outbreaks and diarrhoea. State health facilities in Madagascar are seriously underfunded, and for most rural people, the nearest health post is at least a 50km round trip on foot.
In 2002, TRAID provided a grant to Azafady to improve rural health and sanitation for 10,000 people in the remote Anosy region of South East Madagascar by establishing clean drinking water, basic sanitation and access to healthcare.
The project built 1000 latrines to reduce the high incidence of diarrhoea and to prevent cholera outbreaks, installed hand pumps to improve hygiene and introduced latrines in key communal spaces like schools, churches and district committees. Five pharmacies were built with the participation of villagers, and community health committees established to prevent and treat common diseases and dispense basic medical supplies