The European Union assists Madagascar in combatting plague


Being a strategic partner of Madagascar, European Union (EU) has decided to allocate 1.7 billion Ariary (480.000 €) to support the current efforts of Malagasy authorities and their partners to fight against the plague epidemic currently affecting the country. The EU brings then its contribution  to the implementation of the intersectoral and decentralized response plan jointly developed by the Government of Madagascar and its partners.


The complexity of the response to this epidemic calls for multisectoral interventions at the level of different districts and regions. "In such  difficult period as this, the EU is affirming its presence alongside the Malagasy people, while international health partners are mobilizing, the EU's contribution will support these partners in order to put in place the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease. of this disease "said Christos Stylanides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. The support of the European Union has two components, the first  300.000 €  is released by the Directorate General of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO). It will support actions which aimed at limiting the epidemic spread through water, sanitation, hygiene and contacts follow-up of  ensuring dignified and safe burials and contributing to raise awareness at the communal level.

The second 180.000 € will be released by the Directorate General for Development and International Cooperation (DG DEVCO) via the Delegation of the European Union in Madagascar as part of its program of support for basic social services. This support, implemented by UNICEF will cover different regions and provide  plague treatment centers with medical equipment (stretchers, body bags, tents for the isolation of spaces, thermometers ...) and drugs, but also to equip treatment centers and checkpoints with personal protective equipment.

The European Union and its 28 State members fund more than half of the world's humanitarian aid. This assistance is granted on the basis of respect for international humanitarian law and the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality. Through its humanitarian policy, the EU is concretely demonstrating its commitment to people  in situation of extreme vulnerability.

Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 19:53