On March 14, 2019 Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique’s port city of Beira, substantially damaging ~80% of local infrastructure and leaving the two central provinces of Mozambique in a state of emergency. In the days that followed, flooding, food shortages, and lack of secure housing continued to add to the overall public health burden of the cyclone.
With an established presence in Beira and 30+ years of experience working alongside local health authorities in the two most affected provinces, Health Alliance International was well positioned and ready to join the response.
HAI is partnering with Direct Relief–a US-based humanitarian aid organization with special expertise in disaster response–to help identify, import, and distribute high-priority medicines through the National Health Service in Sofala province, including Beira.
HAI staff are working with district and health facility leadership to identify facility-level needs which are being fulfilled by Direct Relief and shipped to Mozambique from South Africa. Once supplies arrive in Mozambique, HAI is coordinating their distribution via the provincial pharmacy system, making certain all supplies are inventoried and managed according to national protocols, and delivered to the facilities where the need was first identified.
The first 2+ ton shipment of emergency medical supplies included more than 200,000 defined daily doses of antibiotics, analgesics, oral rehydration solution, deworming medicines, and other supplies. This will be followed by a 7-ton shipment of Cholera Treatment Kits in response to the growing cholera outbreak, and ongoing shipments in the weeks and months to come.
Photos Courtesy of HAI Staff and Direct Relief (Karoline Albuquerque)