Cyclone Idai has wiped out buildings and infrastructure, including the water supply system, leaving thousands in urgent need of assistance and at risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera. We have multiple emergency teams on the ground and are flying in more staff and supplies as we scale up our response.
Our permanent teams in Mozambique work in Maputo and Beira, providing care to patients with advanced HIV and with, or at risk, of developing co-infections such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, drug-resistant TB and hepatitis.
Despite ambitious plans to roll out ‘test and start’ to provide immediate treatment to everyone diagnosed with HIV, Mozambique is struggling to respond to an epidemic now affecting more than 13 per cent of people aged 15-49.
We run targeted activities to support vulnerable or stigmatised groups, including a drop-in centre in Maputo for people who use drugs, and sexual and reproductive health services, including HIV testing and treatment, for sex workers and men who have sex with men.
Cholera breaks out in Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Idai and catastrophic floods
Cyclone Idai has left thousands of people in and around Beira vulnerable and exposed to the elements. Given the amount of water that has passed through the city - and the devastating impact it has had on infrastructure, including the water supply system - outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera are a very real risk.
The government announced the first recorded cases of cholera on 27 March. Water and sanitation expert Anja Borojevic explains MSF's response to the unfolding emergency.