Cyclone Idai Response

In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, Health Alliance International engaged 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 in Central Mozambique. 

Cyclone Idai hit Beira City on March 14th 2019 with 100+ mph winds, causing substantial damage to ~80% of infrastructure in the city and 94 health facilities across the most affected provinces of Mozambique.  HAI has called Beira and Central Mozambique home for more than 30 years.  In that time, we have built enduring and deep relationships with National Health Service staff and leadership in the two provinces hit hardest by Cyclone Idai, Manica & Sofala. The National Health Service immediately approached HAI for support in the relief effort and we responded to the call.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, HAI was able to build relationships and collect resources to respond directly to the priorities of the provincial health system.  Recovery activities included identification, import and distribution of $3.5 million worth of priority medical supplies, equipment, and medicines; rehabilitation of three damaged health facilities; support for health system engagement in cholera and vaccination rapid-response campaigns; and regional epidemiologic capacity building and preparation for future weather and disease events under Project SPEED.


HAI’s organizational model is to listen to and respond to the priorities of the national health systems where we work. In a crisis situation, this need is particularly strong given that multiple actors are often engaged in a complex relief effort.

In May 2019, Mozambique’s Minister of Health explicitly recognized HAI’s cyclone response activities as a model for other iNGOs to follow, based on our close collaboration with the Sofala Provincial Health System.

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In addition to substantial financial contributions from HAI’s network of supporters, HAI also received grant funding for the following projects related to our Cyclone Idai response efforts:

[2019-2020] Strengthening Provincial Epidemiological Expertise for Disaster Relief (Project SPEED).

This project receives funding support from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Global Recovery Fund.

[2019-2019] Health facility rehabilitation and resiliency initiative.

This project received funding support from Direct Relief.


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