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Field mission carried out by the Office of International Cooperation and Development in Madagascar

20-01-2009-

The Office of International Cooperation (DCI) carried out a field mission in Madagascar from 25th November to 6th December 2008 to monitor and assess programmes initiated in this priority country for the Monegasque Cooperation. They were accompanied by a team from Monaco Info who produced a number of TV reports.

In 2008, the Monegasque Cooperation carried out 13 co-operation projects in Madagascar representing a total of 700 000 €. 80% of these funds was used for health-related projects. In addition to the above, two initiatives were carried out within the context of Emergency Humanitarian Aid.

H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, President of Fight Aids Monaco, a partner association of the DCI for projects to combat and prevent HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and UNAIDS Special Representative, who was on a mission to Madagascar at the same time, took part in the laying of the first stone for the Anti-Malaria National Reference Centre, a project funded by the Monegasque Cooperation in partnership with the Madagascan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.

During the mission, the Monegasque delegation also opened a community/maternity clinic in the village of Ambohiboho to the east of Tananarive. The population area concerned is estimated to be 20 000 people. The Madagascan Ministry of Health has said that it is extremely satisfied by the clinic and will ensure its running.

The projects visited included the “country doctors” campaign, which was initiated in 2008 and will result in 30 private doctors setting up their practices in rural areas which lack health facilities. In the village visited, the delegation noted the medical practice had been very well accepted by the population with a high number of visits and a wide variety of consultations and medical procedures. The arrival of a doctor also promotes social cohesion and encourages other professionals to set up there (teachers, traders…).

Moreover, a special report was produced on the arrival of two young International Volunteers of Monaco (VIM) – Ms Elodie Chauvet, educational coordinator with the “Graines de Bitume” street children’s association, and Ms Aurore Bonifassi, sports and locomotion coordinator in the “Ephata” school for the visually impaired. Both VIMs are perfectly integrated and the local partners have confirmed the added value provided by their arrival.

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