A powerful tropical storm made landfall in Mananjary, on the east coast of Madagascar, this weekend. As we begin to assess the damage, we are coming to grips with the full scope of the destruction left in its wake.
Since Operation Fistula opened its Madagascar office in 2019, Mananjary has been the center of our treatment activity. Thirty-two percent of our patients were treated there in 2021. Today, we are left with a hospital that has walls, but no roof, and no glass left in the windows. .
Mananjary is also home to many of our staff. As of last night, our regional coordinator and 20 other members of our team have lost their homes. They — and we — are in shock.
There is no effective way to prepare — logistically or mentally — for the destruction a storm like this will bring. We are fortunate that all our patients, staff and partners are physically safe. But their homes, their possessions, and the communities they belonged to are gone.