Red Cross volunteers talk to villagers about the plague outbreak, 30 miles west of Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday. Picture: AP

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with Magen David Adom (Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service) in South Africa, have put together an aid package for Madagascar following the devastating outbreak of the “Black Death Plague” in October.

 “We expect all packages to be delivered to the International Red Cross in Madagascar in the next few days,” Deputy Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Ayallet Black, told the African News Agency (ANA). “The delivery of different medical equipment such as gloves to carry out medical procedures is being coordinated between Israel’s Honourary Consul in Madagascar, Benjamin Memmi, and Madagascar’s bureau for natural disasters,” added Ayallet.
 
"Israel has a long standing tradition of offering humanitarian assistance and coordinating relief to alleviate disease, hunger and poverty. We have experience in helping countries going through natural and man-made disasters and will always provide assistance to help those in need."

The plague epidemic sweeping across the island of Madagascar has reached a crisis point after it was reported to have spread by 37 percent in just five days, according to official figures released last week.
 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that this outbreak was the worst in 50 years as suspected cases leapt to 1,801, up from 1,309 last week. 
At least 127 deaths have been reported as Madagascar enters its peak epidemic season which began in November and lasts until April.
 
The World Bank has released an extra $5 million to help tackle the deadly plague.
 
 
- African News Agency (ANA)