Since 2012, Doctors for Madagascar has been an NGO partner at Praxis Update, a continuing medical education conference for GPs.
Today a mother came into the hospital carrying a baby – one week old with ashen skin and a belly distended like a barrel.
For a long time, relatives cooked meals for patients on traditional open fires in the wasteland outside the hospital site.
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.
Financing an aid mission yourself? Yes, it’s possible – Johannes Häußermann is the proof, with his crowdfunding drive “An Engineer for Madagascar”.
Developing countries have seen dramatic improvements in many areas over the last 15 years.
Madagascar stands apart from sub-Saharan African nations with regard to HIV/AIDS rates. Why?
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.
Nine hours’ worth of parched land pass by our 4×4 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.
Once a year, pupils in Saxony miss school to go to work. What may initially sound like child labour is in fact a rather clever idea.