CLOSE UP

Southern Madagascar is far away in every respect – at a distance of more than 1000km from the capital, and with it the rest of the world. A journey south is long and reveals a world far removed from the one we know. Each person there has a unique story, which is why, with their permission, we’d like to share with you a few from our patients and their families. Together with personal accounts of Madagascar and its people, of medicine and culture as well as the impressive commitment of our volunteers, these reports will bring you “close up” to this corner of the globe.

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PATIENT STORIES
MISSION REPORTS
FUNDRAISING EVENTS
ON THE GROUND
BEYOND MEDICINE
BACKGROUND
25.03.2016

A feverish cart-ride

April 2012: Sweaty and shivering with exertion, two oxen drag a heavily laden cart the last few metres to Fotadrevo hospital. The passenger, Tiana, has a 40°C fever and is nine months pregnant. ...

25.03.2016

Welcome, my darling!

The sun burns hot on 7th December 2012. One of Médecins Sans Frontières’ white 4x4s pulls into the gate of the hospital in Fotadrevo, carrying three women from the town of Bekily, 60 km away. ...

30.03.2016

Impressions from Fotadrevo

Nine hours’ worth of parched land pass by our 4x4 as we travel from Toliara to Fotadrevo. Cacti, shrubs, scant trees and now and then a village of mud huts. Sand and dust reach as far as the eye can see, in shades of red, brown and grey....

30.03.2016

Endless rains

In the 2015 rainy season, after a bad drought in January and an ensuing famine in some areas of southern Madagascar, the region experienced the heaviest downpour in years....

30.03.2016

The Unimog ambulance

The cattle roads and tracks around Fotadrevo are not surfaced, so in the months of the rainy season especially, they can often become impassable for weeks on end, even for off-road vehicles. ...

30.03.2016

Solar plant

The Hopitaly Zoara in Fotadrevo uses the public electricity network, which is supplied by two large diesel generators on the nearby town square. Yet the power supply is unstable....

11.03.2016

KARIN STEINECKE

Karin Steinecke, born and raised in the Harz mountains near Quedlinburg in Saxony-Anhalt, is a trustee of Ärzte für Madagaskar. She works as a doctor in anaesthesia and intensive care at the hospital of Quedlinburg. ...

12.02.2016

AMANDA HECKTOR

Amanda Hecktor is responsible for project coordination at Ärzte für Madagaskar. She is a sociologist and political scientist and works from our small charity office in Leipzig....

31.03.2017

PASCALIN

The ambulance driver Pascalin has been taking pregnant women suffering from complications to the hospital in Fotadrevo ever since February of 2016....

11.03.2016

TANTELY RAJAONA

Since the summer 2015, our team in Fotadrevo has been supported by an energetic local coordinator, Tantely Rajaona. She lives and works in the Fotadrevo hospital and is our chief person responsible on site. ...

11.03.2016

MIKE ZAKIEWICZ

Mike Zakiewicz is a Chartered Accountant working for a firm of solicitors in Westminster. He was appointed treasurer of Doctors for Madagascar UK after hearing of the work done by our project partners....

11.03.2016

CLAUDIA RAKOTOVOAVY

Claudia Rakotovoavy, the representative of Doctors for Madagascar in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo, has been working for the charity since January 2015 and manages a small charity office. ...

17.07.2015

Improving facilities

Many hospital buildings and health centres in Madagascar are in a desperate state, with no money for even the simplest repairs. Doctors for Madagascar supports hospitals and health centres to build and renovate essential facilities....

17.06.2015

Maintaining technical equipment

Kept in good condition, hospital equipment saves lives. But extreme climates, inconsistent electricity and inadequate maintenance in Africa wear out medical equipment much faster than in the UK. We provide not only medical equipment, ...