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Mothers & children health in Madagascar

Facilitating access to health care for mothers and children on Sainte Marie Island

The Air Liquide Foundation is contributing to a project to create a child and maternal health care center, supported by the Andzaha Santé association in Madagascar, and is funding an off-road paramedic vehicle to be used for home visits.

Andzaha Santé 

Andzaha Santé is a Franco-Malagasy association founded in 2008. Its aim is to develop a network of Solidarity in Health centers in Madagascar. The association opened its first Solidarity in Health center in 2013 on Sainte Marie Island in north-eastern Madagascar. It hopes to strengthen the existing health care facilities and improve the quality of treatment provided to the 27,000 inhabitants of Sainte Marie Island, in particular for mothers and children.

High-quality medical services

Located in the village of Ambodifotatra in the very heart of Sainte Marie Island, the center offers several types of services, including consultations, training and prevention services. The six-person medical team (one physician, one midwife and four nurse's aides) monitor their patients at every step of pregnancy and motherhood. To accommodate their 250 monthly consultations, the Solidarity in Health center will eventually include an operating and delivery room, a recovery room, an incubator room and five patient rooms.

The association was founded on an innovative model for development that is based on social entrepreneurship. It creates micro-enterprises (water distribution, laundries, etc.) to ensure that certain patients continue to receive access to services free of charge.

A grant to support home care services

The team also provides home healthcare for patients who are unable to travel. Sainte Marie Island has no roads and patients are required to travel by motorcycle, which limits the amount of medical equipment that can be transported. The Foundation's grant will be used to purchase an off-road paramedic vehicle.


  • Project initiator: Association Andzaha Santé
  • Location: Sainte Marie Island, Madagascar
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Sponsor: Arnelle Vava, Air Liquide Madagascar