Madagascar Receives Financial Boost to Combat Covid-19

Institut pasteur de Madagascar

Aid and external funding in the context of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus are increasing. The United States government through USAID has just announced aid to the Malagasy government as part of emergency relief funding to combat this disease. This funding is worth $ 2.5 million and will help increase the number of coronavirus tests, patient surveillance and education. It will support community and primary health centers across the country.

This funding should help the Institut pasteur de Madagascar, the national reference laboratory for the coronavirus, to strengthen the availability and quality of tests, especially at the regional level, by deploying the mobile laboratory, a gift from the United States government in September 2019.

USAID, in collaboration with the Malagasy state, will also consolidate efforts to identify and isolate Covid-19 positive cases, recover contacts and treat coronavirus patients. USAID partners will support community outreach efforts and the 910 toll-free number to ensure that people have access to accurate and up-to-date information on the pandemic.

USAID also indicates that it will support the health supply chain, helping to identify needs, supply and transport of key health inputs to affected areas.