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In Madagascar, UNICEF Provides Health Services

Madagascar: UNICEF provides health services in cyclone-hit areas

18 July 2008 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Commission's humanitarian wing are working together in Madagascar to provide medicines and other vital health services to a series of villages, five months after they were devastated by Cyclone Ivan in February.

UNICEF has delivered medicines to 36 health centres and conducted outreach activities in 20 remote villages, according to a press release issued yesterday by the agency.

At least 93 people were killed and more than 190,000 others were left homeless by Cyclone Ivan after it struck the island country in mid-February. Local authorities said it was the worst storm of its kind to strike Madagascar since the 1980s.

As part of its ongoing relief efforts UNICEF has helped give vaccinations to children and worked to treat the emergence of malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory diseases.

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