Recovery, Health, and Protection in a post-Cyclone Idai Mozambique

The MENTOR Initiative began mobilising immediately after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique on the 15th March, 2019. Strong winds, heavy rain, and overflowing rivers produced mass-flooding, which receded into large areas of shallow water – creating perfect breeding grounds for malaria & dengue transmitting mosquitoes. (for more background information, see “The Second Wave”)

MENTOR, working with the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ministry of Health, Tchau Tchau Malaria, and with support from USAID/OFDA, have been training 500 local volunteers in Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS). WHO-recommended insecticides are applied to the internal walls of houses and shelters, killing disease-vectors when they land. Additionally, Insecticide-Treated bed Nets (ITNs) can be used to help prevent mosquitoes biting people during feeding times and whilst they’re sleeping.

The IRS campaign aims to spray at least 80% of the dwellings in the four target districts of Sofala Province. The programme will help protect over 800,000 people from malaria and other vector-borne diseases. More than 500 spray operators recruited from the affected areas have been trained and the campaign launched on World Malaria Day (April 25th) in Nhamatanda and Buzi districts, with remaining campaigns in Dondo and Beira to commence this week. It is expected to take 45 days to complete the IRS campaign.

To assist with community engagement and coinciding with World Malaria Day, a celebration of music, dance, and theatre marked the mobilization of the IRS campaigns.

The MENTOR Initiative would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers, stakeholders, and partners involved with delivering this programme, and special thanks to USAID and the U.S Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, without whom this life-saving work wouldn’t be possible.