Madagascar’s 2009 Political Crisis Negatively Impacted Health Sector, Outcomes, Lancet Reports
The Lancet: Madagascar’s health challenges
“…The 2009 political crisis had a substantial impact on the country’s health sector, from budget cuts to donor withdrawal. Jean-Claude Mubalama, a health specialist at UNICEF, said: ‘It’s clear that since the crisis, the budget allocated to the health sector has decreased.’ … As a result, there has been a decline in health outcomes, explained Mubalama: ‘Many of the indicators have been stagnating. In terms of mother and child health, the number of skilled birth attendants decreased during this [politically uncertain] period’…” (Barmania, 8/22).