In this island nation that bears a high burden of maternal death due to unsafe abortion, VSI is working in collaboration with our partner Marie Stopes Madagascar (MSM) to increase access to misoprostol tablets for life-saving care in treating miscarriage and incomplete abortion.
In our initial rollout of misoprostol, we assisted MSM in training doctors on the use of misoprostol, educated community health workers to assist in the introduction of misoprostol in clinics and health centers in six regions, and demonstrated that misoprostol is an effective method of addressing miscarriage and unsafe abortion.
By the Numbers
Estimated Total Population
Lifetime Risk of Maternal Death
1 woman in 45
Maternal Mortality Ratio
440 per 100,000 live-births
Total Fertility Rate
Births Attended by Skilled Health Provider
Unmet Need for Family Planning
Source: PRB, 2011 and WHO, 2010
Registered Misoprostol Product(s): Misoprost®