Shipment to Mozambique

Report
from Direct Relief
Published on 23 Mar 2000
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.
Official observers report a growing danger of diseases such as cholera in the flooded region. Among the supplies Direct Relief has sent is a large quantity of medications for the treatment and prevention of these flood-related illnesses, including specifically targeted antibiotics and oral re-hydration salts. Also included are needles and syringes, surgical instruments and various trauma-care items. The shipment fills a 20-foot container, and has a wholesale value of more than $150,000. It is being flown directly to Mozambique via air freight.

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 almost impossible to move aid shipments into or within the country.