In 2018, world leaders heard the collective voice of Global Citizens in support of the world’s most marginalised people –– from girls who miss school because they don’t have access to sanitary pads to children without access to adequate health services.
Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right, yet in Madagascar, open defecation remains widespread with over 40% of the population living without sanitation facilities. Even more shocking is that 80% of the Malagasy people lack access to safe drinking water — the equivalent of four out of five.
In the week leading up to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, and in response to over 15,000 actions, the Government of Madagascar announced a commitment to support the health, prosperity, and dignity for the people of Madagascar –– especially those living in extreme poverty. The government committed to increase its nutrition funding up to 3% of the national budget in three years, to reduce and prevent malnutrition. Additionally, USD $40 million was allocated to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status by 2022.
This is a step in the right direction, but one year on and we are not certain how or when they will start disbursing the funds. Let us thank the government for prioritising nutrition and sanitation, and ask them to deliver for the world’s most vulnerable.