In the long transition period from 2009 to the end of 2013, Madagascar collapsed below the poverty limit: the data is clear, Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world.
It is true that Madagascar in the common imagination remains a paradise from a naturalistic point of view ... but it is not composed only of the tourist village where we can spend a short holiday immersed in pleasures. In the country 72% of the population lives on 1 euro or less per day: a box of antibiotics costs about twelve euros ... who can ever afford to be cured?
80% of people live in slums, without water, electricity and services. Think of this... in a slum of 1.200 people in the capital there are only two public toilets. Those rivers that we see on television flowing between one shack and another are obviously open sewers.
Currently in Madagascar you have to pay for public hospitals and public schools. In addition to paying, you must bring everything to the hospital: food, toilet paper, sheets, medicines. In schools, a minimum part of the teachers' salary is paid by the State and the rest is paid by the families of the students. These are data that make us think ...
There is another important fact: the exploitation of childhood. There are many children subject to any type of abuse, from sexual abuse to work abuse, especially children not registered in the civil registry (and as you will know there is also the alarming figure of sex tourism!).
Due to all this precariousness and the almost total lack of adequate structures, illnesses like the plague also tend to spread rapidly. Plague is curable with antibiotics if treated in time. Every year in Madagascar in the hot season there are small outbreaks of plague, malaria is always present throughout the country all year round and so is tuberculosis. The problem is that people have no money for medical cures and furthermore they usually neglect the symptoms because during the day they have to think about surviving!
Madagascar is affected by a severe famine in the south which has caused many victims, especially among children. A famine due to climate change that profoundly affects the already fragile situation of some countries. So from all these data we can draw conclusions, that although it remains a beautiful country, from a human and naturalistic point of view, Madagascar requires much more attention in terms of aid.