Cyclone Eloise Response

Cyclone Eloise struck Mozambique’s central provinces on January 23, 2021.  Health Alliance International is committed to engaging its decades-long relationship with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health to provide immediate support and raise resources directed at long-term health system recovery and resilience.

Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique’s central coast on January 23rd. Initial reports suggest that ~265,000 people are affected, including ~20,000 displaced Mozambicans. Widespread power and communications outages and severe flooding in lowland areas means the full extent of the impact is yet unknown. 

Nevertheless, reports from HAI staff suggest widespread infrastructural damage, including health infrastructure. In addition, the close proximity of Cyclones Idai & Kenneth (2019) and Tropical Depression Chalane (2020) —which struck the exact same provinces and as a result of which thousands are still living in “temporary” relief camps—has increased the burden on mental health in the region, for which resources are already thin.

In addition to injuries, potential food shortages, and the threat of increased transmission of waterborne (ie cholera) and vector transmitted (ie malaria) diseases, COVID-19 has been spiking in this region since early January. Displacement in temporary shelters, damage to health system infrastructure and supplies/equipment are likely to exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and pose additional public health threats to anyone in need of medical attention or critical medicines.

We will be updating this page with additional information as it is available. We encourage you to read the letter below sent by HAI’s Executive Director, James Pfeiffer, and Mozambique Country Director, Dr. Isaías Ramiro, and consider making a donation in support of response efforts and in solidarity with the people and health system of Mozambique.

 This is an evolving situation. HAI will be engaging our network of partners and supporters over the coming weeks and months, while working closely with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health to help realize their response priorities. 


You can support Cyclone Eloise response efforts by making a donation to Health Alliance International today; or, by pledging an ongoing gift via HAI’s Viva! Circle.  Viva! Circle members will play a critical role in helping HAI remain flexible and available to our health system partners as the full impact of Cyclone Eloise becomes more clear.

Learn more about Viva! or Donate by clicking the buttons on the left. 

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In addition to financial contributions from HAI’s network of supporters, HAI has received the following grant funding related to our Cyclone Eloise response efforts:

[2021-2021] Name Pending: Cyclone Eloise Response Grant.

This project received funding support from Direct Relief.


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