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Start: May 2019
End: May 2020
Partners: Manga Nhaconjo Health Center
Beneficiaries: 44,812 people, namely the population of neighborhoods 13 and 14 of the city of Beira (population covered by the Manga Nhaconjo Health Center). Of these, about 26,368 are students from the 13 schools covered by the project.
Following the passing of cyclone Idai, which struck Mozambique with one of the worst storms ever in the Southern Hemisphere, the AMI team is working in the field in collaboration with local partners.
After the passage of Cyclone Idai, an AMI team immediately moved to the field to join the disaster response effort. AMI was one of 9 Emergency Medical Teams officially recognized by the Mozambican Ministry of Health to intervene in Beira. Made up of 26 elements total, 11 of them expatriates (4 doctors, 2 nurses, 1 pharmacist, 2 project managers and 2 logistics) and 15 locally hired (2 doctors, 4 nurses, 4 cleaning agents, 2 guards and 3 drivers / logistic), this team was also supported by benevolent volunteers from First Things First, from the Portuguese Community of Maputo and Beira, from the Voluntary Firefighters of Beato and the volunteer Firefighters from Aveiro.
At the end of the emergency mission, AMI donated the Campaign Hospital, along with medicines, medical supplies and other unused materials to the Manga Nhaconjo Health Centre. Given that the number of cholera-compliant cases were drastically reduced, it was decided that the tents of Campaign Hospital would, after the emergency mission, support the services that need more space – ART (antiretroviral therapy), psychology and pediatrics. This way, the Campaign Hospital was disinfected and organized to support the defined services.
With a 30-year history of presence in Mozambique, either in emergency missions (Military Demobilization Refugee Camps and Cantonments during and after the Civil War, floods of 2000 and 2012), or in development missions in various provinces, AMI currently operates through PIPOL (International Projects in Partnership with Local Organizations). The strategy adopted by AMI with the PIPOLs not only strengthens local civil society, but also connects with partners with whom it can work in an emergency to respond immediately.
Thus, in order to ensure that after the emergency mission Manga Nhaconjo communities continue to be adequately monitored for health and there is an effective reduction in population vulnerability to priority post-disaster infectious diseases, AMI has designed a post–Idai cyclone project – Mangwana – Epidemic Potential Disease Prevention, which will be implemented through a PIPOL – International Project in Partnership with Local Organizations – with the local association ESMABAMA.
This project is being implemented in Neighborhoods 13 and 14 (Beira) and its main objectives are to promote a community approach to risk communication and to promote preventive and personal and environmental control measures for priority infectious diseases in beneficiary communities.