Madagascar

August 2018

Overview of Blue Cross Madagascar

  • 1893: Creation of the association « Abstinent women » by the wife of an American missionary (Mary Clément Leavitt)
  • 04 juin 1928: Official founding of Blue Cross
  • 28 juin 1955: Recognition as public utility service
  • The Madagascar Blue Cross is present in 18 out of 22 regions
  • All members are volunteers
  • Principal activities: Alcohol policy, structural prevention

Q&A with Rasolomanana Holiarisoa Fanjanirina, National Coordinator

Rasolomanana Holiarisoa Fanjanirina

1. Why is the Blue Cross work important to you?

I am a gift from God to the world. What will I bring into the world that God has sent to  me? Because God loves us unconditionally and without limits. I am convinced that I was called to work in the Blue Cross and this is important to me.

2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work - if so, which aspects?

In 2004, after a training we had in Majunga, a woman (more than 70 years  of age) approached me to congratulate me and to tell me that my presence reminded her of her childhood in the Blue Cross and that, for her, I was the image of Rapaoly Ernest (a very active member of the Blue Cross at that time). She believed greatly in the future of the Blue Cross in Madagascar. Since the training in alcohol policy, our approach has changed.

3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?

To improve the image of the Blue Cross is my objective. My third conference at the International Blue Cross in Nairobi in 2012 where we reflected on the values of the Blue Cross (leadership & spirituality) was my happiest moment during my time working for the Blue Cross. This event had a great effect on me and increased my commitment.

4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?

The training on alcohol policy in 2011 with the Norwegian Blue Cross was important for us in Madagascar
(triangle of prevention). Understanding the best approach in order to progress is very important
(evidence.based) but passing this on and ensuring its application in order to be more effective in our work is still a substantial challenge (follow-up activities on alcohol policy).

5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider as your most important project?

Important projects:

  • Continue to make progress on alcohol policy
  • Complete the construction of our new centre
  • Create income-generating activities : job creation, stable sources of employment for the youth