In the first weeks of Cyclone Idai's aftermath, WHO and partners moved rapidly to support the Ministry of Heath to save lives and limit the suffering of more than 1.8 million people left without shelter, food, safe water and sanitation and health services.
WHO is coordinating the Health Cluster, which has brought together 46 health partners since the beginning of this emergency response, in support of national capacity.
In accommodation centres, 109,000 liters of water have been provided. 472 leaks from the water network have been repaired so far since the cyclone hit.
These field hospitals provide short-term clinical care as surge capacity to support the local health system in five of the worst-affected districts. Eight remain on the ground.
Malaria continues to be of great concern, with the four areas most affected by the cyclone at risk for an increase in case. Nhamatanda is the district with the largest number of malaria cases, with over 5000 recorded.
Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health to deliver over bednets for 600 000 people in need.116 586 nets have been distributed so far.
Thousands of women are pregnant and will need access to health services when they give birth. Thousands more children are at risk for malnutrition and disease.
WHO and partners are supporting local health services for ongoing needs, including pregnancy care, malnutrition screening, and plans for child health interventions including deworming, vitamin A supplements and measles vaccination.
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