Cyclone Idai 2019
Cyclone-affected communities in Zimbabwe being vaccinated against cholera
16 April 2019 - An oral cholera vaccine (OCV) campaign targeting some 487 825 people began Tuesday in Zimbabwe in the two districts most affected by cyclone Idai. During the campaign all residents of Chimanimani and Chipinge districts aged 12 months and older will receive the vaccine to protect them against cholera.
Fast rollout of cholera vaccines for people in need in Mozambique
10 April 2019 - The Ministry of Health in Mozambique has concluded a successful six-day emergency cholera vaccination campaign that reached more than 800 000 people in 4 districts affected by Cyclone Idai.
The campaign was supported by around 1 200 community volunteers and partners including WHO, UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Save the Children.
Combating cholera in Mozambique
8 April 2019 - Thousands of people received the oral cholera vaccine today as part of a six-day emergency vaccination campaign run by the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to help prevent spread of cholera.
At the 7 de Abril Primary School in Inhamayabwe village, near the town of Dondo, excited school children gather in their classrooms, pushing one another to the front of the crowded room where each child receives their dose.
Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Mozambique
3 April 2019 - An oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai begins today in Beira, Mozambique. Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the campaign will be carried out by the Mozambique Ministry of Health, with support from WHO and other partners, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children.
2 April 2019 - WHO confirmed today the arrival of 884,953 doses of cholera vaccine to support the humanitarian response in Beira, the most affected area hit by the Tropical Cyclone Idai, in Mozambique. The vaccination campaign is expected to start tomorrow, 3 April, and will add to the efforts already in place to control the spread of cholera.
"Speed is of the essence if we are to save lives and limit suffering”
1 April 2019 - WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, took a first-hand look at response efforts to save lives and protect health for the people in Beira, the city hardest hit by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
“The next few weeks are crucial and speed is of the essence if we are to save lives and limit suffering,” said Dr Moeti after visiting devastated communities and witnessing the damage to health centres caused by the cyclone.
Donor alert for Mozambique
1 April 2019 - The Humanitarian Country Team has activated 9 clusters in support of the Government-led response. WHO is the Health Cluster lead in support of the Ministry of Health. WHO’s goal is to establish effective leadership and response coordination at national and provincial level, to restore health services, and to prevent, detect, verify and rapidly respond to disease outbreaks through strengthened surveillance.
WHO has requested US$ 13 million to support the response.
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