WHO steps up the fight in Madagascar plague outbreak

WHO steps up the fight in Madagascar plague outbreak

The World Health Organization says it has sent nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar in the fight against plague. The medicines were delivered last week, with the expectation that another 244,000 doses will be added in coming days as health officials battle the ongoing seasonal outbreak on the…

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

Africa’s island nations in the Indian Ocean are increasingly vulnerable to natural disaster and need to urgently make a priority of their community resilience and preparedness, says the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The devastating humanitarian and economic impact of natural disasters…

Madagascar: No end in sight as vanilla prices head higher still

Madagascar’s recovery from tropical cyclone Enawo continues, but there’s one consequence of the March 2017 storm that shows no signs of improving soon, and that’s the price of vanilla. The already sky-high prices are expected to rise again, according to Georges Geeraerts, head of the Madagascar Group of Vanilla Exporters…

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

Madagascar: Slow storm Enawo tracks south with heavy rains

Powerful tropical cyclone Enawo, which made landfall near Antalaha Tuesday as an intense and destructive storm, continued Wednesday to affect the island nation of Madagascar. At 7 a.m. local time, the slow-moving storm – which is tracking farther inland than originally forecast – continued to make its way south in…

Madagascar: Undersea Internet cable break impacts connectivity

Connectivity woes continue on the island nation of Madagascar, following the breakdown of an undersea cable that serves as a primary optic fiber network. The Telma Madagascar communications company was first alerted last Wednesday that the underwater EASSy cable that supports Internet access to the island nation was out of service….

Trudeau details African aid programs during summit in Madagascar

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted his nation’s continued investment in African development during the XVI Summit of La Francophonie, held this past weekend in Madagascar. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar first welcomed the delegations to Antananarivo, where he stressed the importance of cooperation among member states in meeting the…