Madagascar Medical Safari (MMS)
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”
It was almost 70 years ago that the above statement was written down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over the last decades more and more people have gained access to a good standard of living, and health care is within reach for millions of people. In some countries medical care is available for the whole population, however, in other countries, only a selective group has access to it.
Medical Care in Madagascar
Within the cities and larger villages of Madagascar there are hospitals and good basic medical care is available for those that have the means to pay for it. For poor people, who live in the cities, medical care is more difficult to access.
In the rural areas, the situation is even more challenging for the people living there. In many places the health centres are unstaffed by medical practitioners, due to the poverty and geographical inaccessibility of these areas. In some remote places there isn’t even a health centre and in these areas the villagers have to travel for days to be able to get a consultation. In these areas many people die from diseases and incidents that could have been treated if medical care was available.
MMS – Madagascar Medical Safari’s
For almost 10 years MAF has been organising our MAF Medical Safaris (MMS). We organise these together with medical partners, and with the authorization and support of the government. The safaris are outreaches to some of the remote villages and areas where there is no medical care available. Our medical partners take care of the medical work, MAF Madagascar helps to overcome the geographical boundaries by delivering the medical team to the remote village, and collecting them after they have finished their clinics.
During a normal MMS the team spend between 5 and 10 days in an area. In this time the medical team will usually see hundreds of patients, perform several smaller surgeries and often a few major surgeries. More than once lifesaving surgeries have taken place during these safaris. In the last decade more than 30,000 patients have had a consultation and hundreds of people have had surgeries thanks to this outreach.
Many of the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel (who are usually Malagasy nationals) have a job within the medical sector, and are giving up their free time to help the people in the more remote areas.
A big thank you!
Although we see that the need is great and we only can help in certain parts of Madagascar, we see that together with government, local authorities and our medical partners, MAF has made a big impact in the lives of many persons from Ankavandra, Soalala, Anjabetrongo, Sahakevo, Ampasinambo and many other villages.
This work would not have been possible without the help of those that fund these outreaches, our medical partners and many volunteers. A big thank you to all involved.