MAF in Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and one of the poorest. Nearly 50% of children under 5 are suffering from malnutrition

Despite the island’s beauty, its people are battered by tropical cyclones, limited by poverty, and have little access to healthcare. With poor roads, torrential rains and destructive floods, the need for MAF is great.

A short flight saves days of arduous overland travel.

Church and mission organisations fly with us to take God’s love to those living in isolation – enabling them to receive primary healthcare, agricultural development, education, evangelistic outreach and disaster relief.

MAF aircraft have supported translation of the Jesus film into different Malagasy dialects, and medical safari teams provide physical healing and share the Gospel with isolated communities.

Our surgery has the potential to give life changing treatment, but we can’t do this job alone – we need God, and we need MAF!

Kirstie Randall,
Hospital Director,
Mercy Ships

Main base


Program began


Aircraft used

Cessna 182 (x1)
Cessna 208 (x1)


5 international
22 national

Did you know?

We served 2,085 passengers across 50 locations in 2014, and work with 81 partner organisations

Main partners

Africa Inland Mission
Assemblies of God
Gideons International
Global Missions Africa
Good News Hospital
Malagasy Lutheran Church
Wycliffe Bible Translators

serving in Madagascar

Rob & Karina BARBER
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Ryan & Kristen UNGER

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