A child receives therapeutic food treatment
After 60 days of receiving therapeutic food treatment from SEED, single mother Toliasoa, aged 16, was glad to know her 18-month-old son Mara made a full recovery from malnutrition. After months of weakness and fatigue, Mara was able to walk and play again.
Following severe drought in 2021, in the first few months of 2022 southern Madagascar has seen back-to-back cyclones, destroying homes, schools, health centres, and crops. Of the three million people living in Madagascar’s Grand Sud, nearly half are in need of urgent food support. Globally, malnutrition is estimated to be linked to 45% of child deaths, with 309,000 children in the region projected to suffer from acute malnutrition between May and August 2022. In response, SEED is implementing the Emergency Food Distribution Programme, through two projects: Fort Dauphin North and Fort Dauphin South.
Mara is just one of the 1,700 total malnourished children who have received support from SEED to overcome malnutrition. In partnership with 18 local health centres and 190 community health workers, SEED has also provided over 10,000 family members with rice, beans, oil, and nutrition information sessions to further aid recovery.
The number of single-mother households in the region exceeds the national average, and cultural expectations restrict women’s access to already-limited employment opportunities. Women are finding it increasingly difficult to support their families' health and livelihoods, and a lack of awareness around family planning further exacerbates these challenges.
In response, 190 SEED-trained community health workers are conducting home visits with women and girls across the project’s 95 target communities to increase awareness of and access to family planning services. This will enable women and girls to choose when, and if, they want to have children, contributing to long-term community recovery and resilience.
SEED is fundraising to continue to respond to the immediate needs of these communities and to support longer-term recovery and resilience. Thank you for supporting SEED’s Emergency Food Distribution Project.