Azafady has been working within the town of Fort Dauphin and with numerous rural communities across the Anosy region of south east of Madagascar for more than 12 years.
Over 90% of the population in the Anosy region live below the poverty line ($1.25 per day), with severe lack of access to basic health and education facilities. More than 70% of the population do not have access to adequate sanitation infrastructure and clean drinking water, and as many as 1 in 3 children die before their 5th birthday from easily preventable diseases including diarrhoeal illnesses. Rural livelihoods tend to be extremely fragile due to dependence on limited natural resources, lack of crop diversity and vulnerability to external shocks including droughts, cyclones and wildfires. Many isolated communities suffer from recurrent failed harvests and acute food insecurity with up to 50% of children in some villages suffering stunted growth due to malnutrition.
Azafady is working with communities to address their health and education needs, promote diverse livelihood strategies, and facilitate sustainable natural resource management. We have various projects run by four different departments: community health, construction, sustainable livelihoods and environment. We are using a holistic approach to development and conservation by coordinating and integrating project activities across the four departments. This allows each of our programmes to contribute more fully to achieving our organisation's aim to eradicate poverty, suffering and environmental damage in south east Madagascar.