Project location: Anosy, Madagascar
Funding: £37,745
Year / duration: 2008 / 1 Year
Partner: Azafady

Food insecurity is one of the most immediate problems for rural households in Southern Madagascar. Children are especially vulnerable. 1 in 10 children dies before they reach 5 years old, and a major factor is malnutrition and a lack of nutritional education, especially among pregnant women and nursing mothers.

TRAID supported a major project delivered by Azafady and CARE International to significantly reduce malnutrition in children under the age of five, and to promote good hygiene in rural Madagascar. TRAID funds are being used to create and tour a mobile cinema screening education films to rural communities to raise awareness
about good nutritional practices and health, and how to recognise malnutrition in young children.

In local villages, nutrition committees have been established to circulate and promote better nutritional knowledge. Mothers are able to monitor the growth of their children and to find out how to improve the diet of their families by growing and cooking new foods. The mobile cinema will move between villages in community meeting places and will be a key educational tool.

In 2009, TRAID provided an additional £20,423 of core funding to Azafady enabling them to take on more staff to carry out vital work.