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.
Until now, it has been extremely difficult
for any humanitarian organizations, including Direct Relief, to establish
workable relief programs in Mozambique. The country's transportation infrastructure
has been severely disrupted, making it impossible to move aid shipments
into or within the country.
Direct Relief International is doing
everything it can to help the people of Mozambique recover from this terrible
disaster as quickly as possible, and will undoubtedly be providing them
with much-needed medical aid for many months to come.