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“We are talking about a massive disaster right now where hundreds of thousands - in the millions of people – (are) potentially affected”

Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Waterborne disease and damaged stocks of essential medicines posing risk to life (08/04/2019)


Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been battered by Cyclone Idai with injuries from flying debris, collapsing buildings and widespread flash flooding.  The best estimates currently available suggest around 2.6 million people have been affected.  


Water supplies have been contaminated as a result of flooding.  Large numbers of people have been displaced and are living together in crowded shelters.  The World Health Organisation has identified cholera, malaria and typhoid outbreaks as a risk urgently requiring preventative action.  Another major issue is damage to the health infrastructure.  Some hospitals and clinics have had their roofs blown off and some have been inundated with water.  


IHP is sending essential health packs and is sourcing other health supplies to prevent additional deaths and suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.  The supplies we are sending have been donated.  Further items to help support the restocking of local medicine stores and strengthening local health systems are in the process of being sourced.  


As a result of IHP’s cost effective model of sourcing donated medicines through our strong networks with healthcare companies, even modest donations can have a big impact.  


For every £10 donated to IHP to fund our cyclone response we will be able to send an estimated £100 worth of medicines and water purification tablets: enough to help in the region of 10 people.


Please take action and donate now.  Thank you!    



If you represent a pharmaceutical company who can donate product please contact: Lydia Amartey at IHP








PHOTO: Food for the Hungry: photographer Eric Itin.  

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