Of the 9,571,000
children in Madagascar, there are 910,000 orphans, just under
10%,and 11,000 of these have been orphaned by AIDS (although
some sources put this higher at 30,000) with five children being
born every day in Madagascar with the virus.
Overall 43% of the
country's population is under the age of 15yrs old (compared
with 17% for the UK) and many grow up without adult care having
to fend for themselves or being brought up in child-headed
discussed elsewhere, many children in Madagascar do not attend
school, and for those who do there are high drop out rates with
only 60% completing primary education (6 - 11 yrs).
These figures are somewhat distorted by the fact
that around one third of all
in Madagascar had no access to primary education in the first
place and those who do often find their already run down schools
badly damaged by the storms that hit the island every year
making them unusable for long periods, or closed due to a lack
of teaching staff.
The reality is that many Madagascar children are dependent on
outside aid to have any viable future however, apart from the
work of some NGOs operating in the country, that aid has mainly
above, explores the situation of
children in Madagascar where many are now suffering from
malnutrition not least because of erratic rainfall patterns and
the suspension of aid from the EU and other places following the
political crisis of 2009. It shows how organisations such as
UNICEF are reaching out to children and families in Madagascar
For more information about life for children
in Madagascar and the situation in the country today check out
the information articles below.
The current crisis had led
to an increase in the numbers of street children
in places like the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo, already home to thousands
of children begging on the streets. One eleven year old even
described the lifestyle as even being lucky: "Sometimes the street vendors let
us sleep by their fires. The grannies who sleep on the pavements know us; they
know we have our own money and we won't steal from them, so they let us stay."