Author Archives: Pierre Voet

January 14

One week on the field in Madagascar for the “Mother-Child Health Week”

It has been four months now since I landed to Antananarivo, and am working all the time at Unicef offices in Tana.  Being invited to join the “Mother-Child Health Week” with Unicef colleagues was really a privilege for me, and a wonderful occasion to see how  Malagasy people are living in another part of the […]

December 10

The countryside around Antananarivo(part II, National Park & primary forest)

During a WE, while visiting the Andasibe park, we were very happy to see for the first time in my life different species of wild lemurs in the forest, but this is still much more funny and surprising to hear the voice of the Indri Indri lemurs which are leaving in groups of 8-12 individuals and their […]

November 28

The countryside around Antananarivo (part 1 : rural villages)

If I want to go out of Tana city, I leave for a full WE at around 80-100 km from the capital (for ex in a National Park) or I go for walking one full day with a travel agency to discover villages and hills in the countryside.  Both solutions are giving me fresh air […]

November 16

The value of money in Madagascar – Antananarivo city

As you can see on the main picture, when I need to get money from ATM, I am taking the maximum possible of bills.. for a total of 400 000 Ariary, but not more. Do you know why ?  The reason is mechanical : the ATM machine can not deliver more than 40 bills at once. […]

October 29

My work at UNICEF Madagascar while plague epidemic was at its highest level earlier this month.

Nearly two months now, since I arrived at Antananarivo, It’s time for me to explain a little bit more what I am doing at UNICEF Madagascar. As explained earlier, UNICEF Madagascar is divided into 6 sections (see blog n°1), I am part of the Planning section, which includes Fundraising and Business evaluation.  I have three […]

September 24

Landing in Antananarivo to work for UNICEF Madagascar

End of August, start of a new six months life away from home, family and GSK Vaccines colleagues from Wavre, Belgium. Why Madagacar ? Because Madagascar is the 4st poorest country of Africa, and too often forgotten (as “out of the map”) and simply because they need help. Tuesday 29th August (day -1) : last french fries, last Belgian […]