AmeriCares has mounted two major flood relief efforts in the country providing shipments of critical medicines and supplies to help survivors. The emergency aid was followed by support for the recovery process to restore infrastructure and social services.
Snapshot of Mozambique:
Mozambique has managed to stabilize its government and grow its fragile economy since the end of its civil war in 1992. Although poverty rates have decreased, more than half the population still lives below the national poverty line. Child and maternal mortality rates remain high with the life expectancy of Mozambicans standing at approximately 52 years. The Human Development Index ranks the country as 184th out of 187 in the world, signaling a great vulnerability to economic and health crises, particularly in times of natural disaster. Critical health issues:
- a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS - over 11% of the population
- high risk of diarrheal diseases, hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid and plague
In 2007, heavy rainfall caused flooding along the banks of the Zambezi River, leaving more than 170,000 homeless. AmeriCares partnered with International Relief and Development (IRD), to provide immediate relief that addressed the compromised hygiene and sanitation conditions. Additionally, funding supported longer-term needs for 25,000 displaced people. We also supported the building of a new health clinic and maternity ward to serve a population of 15,000 people.
In 2000, flooding forced more than 250,000 people from their homes and into makeshift refugee camps, where cases of cholera, malaria and diarrheal diseases were reported. More than 80,000 pounds of medical and humanitarian relief—including antibiotics, oral rehydration solutions, anti-diarrheals, nutritional supplements and blankets—were promptly shipped to Mozambique. In partnership with UNICEF and the National Institute for Disaster Management, these medicines and supplies were then distributed to local health facilities and emergency clinics serving the displaced and affected populations.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Mozambique to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Mozambique
When severe flooding of the Zambezi River left more than 100,000 people displaced from their homes earlier this year, AmeriCares teamed up with International Relief & Development (IRD) on an emergency response effort to deliver relief to the affected communities in Mozambique.
Weeks of heavy rains in central Mozambique have led to extensive flooding from the Zambezi River leaving nearly 170,000 people homeless. The floods washed away houses and crops at the time of this farming region's harvest season, destroying the livelihoods of tens of thousands. The displaced people are overwhelming the temporary shelters, stretching the capacity and challenging already deteriorating sanitary conditions.