Ar-Mada Initiative

Partnership objective

The Ar-Mada initiative aims to bring medical assistance to people living in rural areas of Madagascar.

Every year, 6 medical missions are organized in Madagascar, on 3 routes simultaneously. Every year, 6 medical missions are organized in Madagascar, on 3 routes simultaneously. Copyright Merck

What are the health needs and challenges?

Ensuring the provision of regular medical care through the recruitment of health professionals and increased funding for health products and solutions is of urgent need in rural Madagascar. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Merck aims to actively support the humanitarian association AR-MADA in the organization of its annual missions of medical care in remote areas of Madagascar.

Every year, 6 medical missions are organized in Madagascar, on 3 routes simultaneously. Every mission involves 20 to 40 health professionals who reach isolated villages on the Tsiribihina river and the Pangalanes canal during two weeks.

Ar-Mada provides care and collects medicines and medical equipment that will be used during the missions.

Merck is financially supporting the NGO as well as donating products and helping the association to recruit health professionals.

Ar-mada includes nearly 1000 volunteer health professionals (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives) and has organized 6 medical humanitarian missions a year, on 4 routes simultaneously. Since its launch in 1999, the NGO has organized more than 122 missions in Madagascar and given nearly 296 000 consultations.

Merck donates 70,000€ per year, along with products, and is committed to continuing to support this initiative and to ensure a passage every 8 weeks in each village by recruiting health professionals. It is estimated that the project reached 20805 patients in 2010, 24316 patients in 2011, 33892 patients in 2012 and 36023 patients in 2013, 37859 in 2014, 20564 patients in 2015, and 33 867 patients in 2016.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Merck

Partner(s) Ar-Mada

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other, Women and Children's Health, Non-Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases

Disease(s) Arthritis & Osteoperosis, Children's Health, Dermatological Diseases, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, General Health, Lymphatic Filariasis, Oral Health, Respiratory Diseases, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Emergency Aid, Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Availability of Treatment - Patient Safety & Medicines Quality, Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, General population, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 2

Country(ies) France, Madagascar

Research Country(ies) Madagascar

Start Date 2004

More information Merck Magazine

Anticipated completion date Ongoing