Drinking water for all

The aim of the project was to provide 15 villages in the Alaotra- Mangoro and Betsiboka regions with clean drinking water by supplying them with the chlorine-based water purification method Watalys. The Watalys equipment is portable and easy-to-use. It operates with a car battery or a solar panel and renders drinkable up to 4,000 litres of water per hour. The project included training local populations to make them self-sufficient in their water management.

The objective of 15 villages was exceeded. Sixteen villages gained access to clean drinking water thanks to the Watalys chlorination system and were trained in water management. Past experience shows that the effects of water disinfection on a large scale become apparent after two years, with a decline of diarrheal diseases by over 80% on average. Clean water also became available in 4 health centres situated in the regions where the project was implemented.

Tiako-i-Madagasikara Suisse France Voisine (TIM-SFV) is a Swiss association founded in 2002 in Geneva. It aims to promote access to safe drinking water in rural areas through the provision of an apparatus for water chlorination: Watalys





September 2008 – September 2009



With whom

J'aime Madagascar (formerly TIM-SFV)




25.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 400/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
71% (2012)

Literacy rate
72% (2016)

Human Development Index
161st out of 189 countries (2018)

The political instability affecting Madagascar since 2009 has undermined government institutional capacity, economic growth and development efforts. Its education, health, nutrition and water access outcomes are among the poorest in the world. The poverty rate has sharply increased since 2009, with 90% of the population living below the international poverty line. Almost half of all children under five are chronically malnourished. In addition, the country is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, droughts and floods. It is also faced with the challenge of preserving its unique environment and biodiversity of global significance.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.