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Madagascar: Current (Dec.2016) and Projected (Jan-March 2017) Acute Malnutrition

01/12/2016 - 31/03/2017

Of the 8 districts analyzed, 3 districts (ie Tsihombe, Ampanihy and Beloha) are likely to be in phase 2-3 "serious alert" for the months Nov-Dec 2016 and during the first quarter of 2017. The district of Bekily will also be likely to be in phase 2-3 "serious alert" between January and March 2017. Several municipalities in some districts, particularly the district of Tsihombe, have acute malnutrition critical or extremely critical. Although the prevalence of acute malnutrition in Ambovombe, Betioky, Bekily and Fort Dauphin is acceptable according to the IPC analysis framework for acute malnutrition, overall acute malnutrition levels in the Bekily and Betioky districts are relatively high compared to The MAG of Ambovombe.


The major contributing factors to acute malnutrition include: (1) quality and quantity of food, (2) very low access to sanitation services, (3) inappropriate health behaviors (use of counseling or treatment at health facilities), which in some districts appear to be attributable to poor access to health services. 


The nutritional situation is precarious, given the urgency of food insecurity projected for some of the districts, especially for the Beloha and Tsihombe districts. Humanitarian aid and current treatment programs could play a key role in maintaining acute malnutrition at lower levels in the districts analyzed, particularly in Amboasary Sud and Fort Dauphin where, although the food security situation should be at emergency levels, the levels of acute malnutrition are relatively low.


Humanitarian assistance programs that have recently started must be supported and / or scaled up in order to avoid a further deterioration of the situation. 


Download the IPC brief of the Madagascar Acute Malnutrition situation below (in french) >> 

Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD