Responding to Cyclone Idai
The MENTOR Initiative have been working in Mozambique since mobilizing upon the impact of Cyclone Idai in 2019. Maximising on various partnerships including the Ministry of Health, USAID/BHA, Tchau Tchau Malaria, MENTOR has already achieved significant results in preventing and protecting the most at-risk populations from malaria and other vector-bourne diseases, as well as improving other key health care and well-being markers. With over 600,000 individuals from severely affected populations being protected from VBDs with Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and Larval Source Management, and 125,000 supported with health and hygiene advocacy over the first two years, MENTOR has been working with the Ministry of Health and other partners in the mounting humanitarian crisis in the north.
Disease control and primary healthcare access for conflict and disaster affected communities
Conflicts in the northern province of Cabo Delgado drove the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in this already disaster afflicted region, forcing an estimated 700,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) into surrounding areas including the capital district of Pemba. This massive displacement pressures the already weakened health systems, particularly considering that numerous health facilities affected by the conflict are only partially or non-operational. The congregation of IDPs within inadequate shelter conditions, typically without mosquito nets for protection, means that the existing malaria endemic becomes a major threat to life. Along with the poor hygiene conditions dramatically increasing the risks of vector and water borne diseases, these conditions form a high-risk to the affected local host and IDP populations.
The MENTOR Initiative supported 300 community health workers in remote areas across 9 districts with refresher training, logistical and technical support to continue providing diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening conditions of malaria and diarrheal diseases. This includes supporting supply chains to ensure that essential commodities reach these front-line health workers, and ensuring that case-data is collected and reported to contribute to epidemiological monitoring in the affected areas, and on-site supervision to ensure adequate case-management practices and reporting. In addition to this health-system support, MENTOR conducted Indoor Residual Spraying across the areas with the greatest IDP populations in Pemba and Metuge Districts, protecting both IDP and host populations from malaria and other vector borne diseases (VBDs). Water storage and hygiene systems were subject to larval source management practices; removing breeding sites and deploying larviciding across large water containers which form the preferred Aedes mosquito breeding sites, helping prevent Dengue. Further hygiene and good health promoting activities reached nearly 475,000 individuals across all targeted populations.
The MENTOR Initiative closely collaborated with the Ministry of Health Mozambique in the delivery of these life-saving services, with funding from the United States Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). MENTOR is starting a comprehensive Emergency programme for Life Saving Disease Prevention and Reinforced Primary Healthcare Access, for Conflict and Disaster Affected Communities of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
Last updated 03/12/2021