Solve Pollution

On an island viewed as a natural paradise, one in three people dies prematurely from pollution.

More than malnutrition or any communicable disease, pollution is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year, accounting for three times more deaths than HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. The Malagasy have rallied to end this crisis by partnering with the Solve Pollution Network to implement the world’s first Health and Pollution Action Plan. This five-year plan enables us to reduce exposure to pollution and improve health, changing the course of Madagascar’s future and leading the way for other countries to solve pollution.

An image of two children standing on an island covered in polluted trash.


Prevent premature death

1 in 3
people in Madagascar dies early from pollution.

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Protect biodiversity

of species in Madagascar exist nowhere else.


Reduce climate impacts

Pollution is the root of the climate crisis.


Reveal causes of illness

The links between pollution and disease are not well understood.

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Enduring impact

Knowledge and education

Reveal chemical and biological links between pollution and health; educate the public and workforce

Resources and networks

Develop commercial and institutional infrastructure to protect the environment and improve health care

Policies and processes

Partner with government and civil society to implement effective and sustainable approaches

$5Mimplements our systems approach in the worst-affected zone, improving health for at least half a million people

$10Mexpands our reach to several communities, improving health for at least 1.1 million people

$100Mimproves the health of approximately 13 million people - half the population of Madagascar - and builds coalitions to sustain our mission


Investment in health and environmental transformation

Projected budget:

  • 40% Personnel (majority Malagasy)
  • 26% Local Infrastructure
  • 12% Equipment
  • 10% Disability Inclusion and Overhead
  • 8% Outreach, Education, and Program Management
  • 4% Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Nine other countries have initiated Health and Pollution Action Plans: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia (Kalimantan), Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Thailand.