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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are currently responding to the damage caused when Tropical cyclone Idai hit various Southern African countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi from Thursday, 14 March 2019. In addition to assessing the damage caused by the cyclone, MSF is providing medical care and access to medical supplies to those in the most affected areas.
Our emergency teams are on the ground. MSF is responding in all three countries in the places that were most severely hit.
More than a million people are struggling to rebuild their lives in flood-affected parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe many of whom are in urgent need of assistance for the basics to survive the heavy flooding. Our emergency teams have started medical response activities, and we are scaling up, flying in experienced medical and logistics staff from around the world. Airplanes with emergency supplies are now coming in every day. So far, 43,3 tons of supplies have arrived from our MSF distribution centres in Brussels, Nairobi and Dubai.
Supporting the Ministry of Health
MSF is now supporting the Ministry of Health in any way we can to care for patients suspected to be suffering from cholera, in three clinics in Beira, so far treating more than 200 patients per day. In the coming days we will work with the Ministry to scale up this service and provide support to more cholera treatment centres as well as work to rebuild a larger cholera treatment centre.
What does MSF do in Zimbabwe?
MSF teams are providing consultations and medical supplies in the joint-stabilisation centre set up on the outskirts of Chimanimani. One MSF team is working with health ministry staff out of Chimanimani hospital. Two outreach teams are operating in Chimanimani attempting to access as many of the 20 health clinics and surrounding settlements as possible assessing health needs, distributing medicines to clinics and village health workers.
What is MSF’s response in Malawi?
An MSF team of 18 people is supporting the health ministry to cover the needs of an estimated 18,000 people in Makhanga on the eastern bank of the Shire River, with health, sanitation and non-food-item supplies. In Makhanga health centre, health ministry staff have not returned to work, so MSF continues to ensure primary health, HIV services and basic disease surveillance continues. We are currently seeing approximately 150 consultations per day. Outreach teams are visiting communities to clean and repair boreholes. In addition to this process, our teams are testing water quality, building basic latrines, showers, shelters and distributing NFI materials and hygiene kits. So far, our MSF teams have reached over 2000 households in Makhanga.
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