- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.
This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.
An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
Member Organization Direct Relief's Thomas Tighe identified as spokesperson
On Thursday, March 23rd, Direct Relief International sent its first shipment of medical supplies to help victims of the massive floods in Mozambique that have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, many of them stranded in trees or on small islands of high ground.
As the floodwaters finally begin to recede, humanitarian efforts in Mozambique are only now beginning to shift focus from rescue attempts to the first deliveries of relief supplies. Direct Relief International is in daily contact with its partners in Mozambique, who are now establishing needs lists for the first aid shipments into the region. Direct Relief will immediately begin preparing shipments of medical supplies and equipment as soon as we know exactly what goods are most needed and we are assured of secure delivery arrangements.
Direct Relief International is now preparing its first shipment of aid for victims of the floods in Mozambique. A team of four Portuguese-speaking physicians has been flown into Mozambique by long-time Direct Relief partner agency American Jewish World Service, and Direct Relief will be providing them with pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies.
Direct Relief International is now making diligent inquiries in cyclone-lashed Mozambique to determine if any emergency medical supplies are needed at this time. When the cyclone hit, more than 200,000 people had already been displaced from their homes by the country's worst flooding in half a century. USAID reports that at this time, existing staff and supplies appear to be sufficient to treat current levels of cholera, malaria and measles.