Madagascar: An Appeal to Combat Coronavirus

As coronavirus continues to impact everyone around the globe, one cannot help but think of the poorest country in the world (which is Madagascar according to the World Bank) and how it is coping with this pandemic.

How does a country that is so reliant on the tourism industry cope when not only their livelihood but their health is under threat?

The truth is that death rates are set to be much higher in developing countries like Madagascar, than in their developed counterparts because communities, health clinics, and Government are simply not prepared or equipped to cope with the sweeping devastation that COVID-19 is likely to cause.

Poor Health Services and Communication

Madagascar’s health services are subpar. Many people’s immune systems already compromised and mortality rates in the country are among the worst in the World.

To make matters worse poor communication systems and infrastructure hinder efforts to inform people about the coronavirus and how to avoid it.

Whilst people in developed countries are being told to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer, in Madagascar, families, schools, and even hospitals do not have access to water, and hand sanitizer is the equivalent price of a day’s salary for most.

SEED Madagascar Lending a hand

In an effort to help improve the situation in the country SEED Madagascar, a UK based charity, who has been working to help Malagasy communities, the environment and wildlife around them for 20 years, is calling on citizens around the world to lend a hand.

SEED is committed to helping reduce the impact of this crisis by developing and distributing information about coronavirus, to promote community preparedness across schools, churches, other NGOs, and individuals. They’re working with social media, radio, and partners to increase awareness, which they hope will prepare people and ultimately save lives.

On top of this important humanitarian and environmental work they also expect to have a financially tough time themselves, as costs rise and incomes fall in the coming months, and they are hoping to raise an extra ten thousand pounds to fund this vital work and support the charity’s long term mission.

If you can help financially, are able to share the message or just want to find out more, please visit the SEED Madagascar website.