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The ICRC regional delegation in Antananarivo

A detainee in the main building of Antanimora prison.

The ICRC has been in working in Madagascar since 2002. In 2011 the ICRC opened a regional delegation for the Indian Ocean, covering the four island States of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Its main activities there are visiting persons deprived of their freedom, coordinating operations with the region’s National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and promoting international humanitarian law. Read more

Facts and Figures

In 2012, the ICRC:

  • visited 10,280 detainees in 16 prisons in Madagascar (around 55% of the prison population) and 211 detainees in Comoros;
  • improved 1,000 detainees’ nutritional health by giving them high-energy food rations and ensuring access to medical treatment where necessary;
  • helped the prison authorities to set up a system to monitor detainees’ nutritional health;
  • facilitated greater respect for legal safeguards and improved the quality of health-care services in prisons;
  • boosted the capacity of the region’s National Red Cross Societies in disaster preparedness, first aid and the promotion of international humanitarian law;
  • organized, in conjunction with the relevant authorities, two training courses for police instructors on human rights principles applicable to the use of force in law-enforcement operations.

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    Even before political crisis gripped the country in 2009, Madagascar was one of the poorest countries in the world. With donors suspending most financial aid to the country, the prison system — already in disrepair — was hit hard. Madagascar’s detainees live in cramped, overcrowded and unhealthy conditions, forgotten by the outside world.