Madagascar – 5 August 2016

Health in Madagascar takes turn for the worse as $22m hospital abandoned

With water, sanitation and doctors scarce, and facilities deteriorating, Madagascar faces a healthcare crisis. So why does a cutting-edge hospital stand unused?

Inside the glass-fronted reception of the state-of-the-art hospital are rows of upholstered chairs. Not one has yet been sat on. Also unused are the x-ray area, surgical unit, dentistry and child health units, and an array of medical equipment.

The hospital was almost complete, with just the morgue unfinished, when work suddenly stopped in 2012. A large metal fence was erected around the perimeter and a security guard installed to keep the public out.

The Guardian