First response of MSF and aid agencies to the flood areas

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has already provided medical teams, medical supplies, water tanks and logistic kits to several sites in the capital Maputo and Matola. MSF currently has nine people in the field (one doctor, three nurses, two watsan, three technician).
In addition, MSF has been:

  • assessing the situation
  • conducting field visits in the affected regions of Gaza province
  • giving support in drinking water supplies and medical aid in 13 centers in Maputo and five centers in Matola.

A transit center, with drinking water supply and sanitation, for 5,000 displaced people has been installed in an old cashew-enterprise, near Maputo.

CTC's (cholera treatment center) with 30 beds each - two in Maputo and two in Matola - are currently in preparation. Vaccination may start in the coming days in our collective centers. So far, more than 10 tones of sanitation material, medicines and water tanks have been sent by cargo to Mozambique. MSF has received $25,000 from USAID for emergency assistance.

Red Cross/Red Crescent branches in Maputo city and Maputo province, in close collaboration with IFRC and under the coordination of MSF, have been actively involved from the onset. The main areas of intervention will be:

  • water treatment and purification
  • mobilisation of the population from high risk areas to safer zones
  • carrying out public health education campaigns
  • provision of emergency first-aid treatment
  • supply and distribution of relief items
  • provision of tracing services
  • and offering psychological support to the affected persons.

UNESCO said that it would monitor the communications requirements to improve information access to the affected populations.

WFP has received a request from the Maputo Provincial Government to provide food aid to 54,644 persons in Maputo province (Boane 1,190, Manhica 30,000, Moamba 12,254, Matutuine 3,600, Marracuene 1,000, Magude 3,100 and Namaacha 3,500 persons). In Matola, WFP is distributing food to 2,000 persons being accommodated in 11 sites.

UNICEF will provide medical kits/medicaments to respond to malaria and diarrhoea problems.