Cyclone Idai Mozambique – protecting infants from life-threatening diseases

Update posted by Kate Brownlow On May 10, 2019

Idai hit Sofala late on 14 March. Just two weeks later a cholera outbreak was declared in four districts – including Beira, the capital, home to 600,000 people. From then till 5 May, 6,739 suspect cases and eight deaths were reported.

In response, from 3 to 9 April, the Ministry of Health ran a mass vaccination campaign in those districts, reaching 800,000 people over the age of one! This was a huge technical and operational effort – which, in addition to mobilising health teams, vehicles, vaccines and more, included borrowing cold boxes from other provinces so vaccines would be stored and transported at the right temperatures.

The campaign has significantly reduced cholera transmission – only 21 suspect cases and no deaths between 29 April and 5 May! Great work – particularly when you consider many of the health workers involved in the campaign were themselves affected by the cyclone!

Now a similar effort is planned for three districts in Cabo Delgado, the province in northern Mozambique torn into by cyclone Kenneth on 25 April. The campaign is targeting around half a million people.

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Update posted by Kate Brownlow On May 07, 2019

If you're curious about the type of fridge/cold box we plan to buy, please check the following links:

Fridges:

Cold boxes:

Experience and conditions in the field have made these the Ministry's and UNICEF's preferred type for Mozambique.

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Such a great idea Kate, well done! Hope everybody will donate generously so we can reach the total budget. You go girl!

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Good luck Kate - I hope you raise your target.

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Thanks for sharing this Katie. I'm very glad to donate to a a tangible and practical project. best wishes for raising the money you need and lots of love WIlma xxx

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Well done Kate love the Broughton Brothers

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Thanks for giving us a very tangible way to help the kids affected by the disaster!

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