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Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth has worsened Mozambique’s plight

NASA sees remnants of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth over northern Mozambique

The devastating impact of Cyclone Idai had close to a thousand lives lost, thousands of people left destitute with key infrastructure destroyed. As if that was not enough, Mozambique received another similar fate in the name of Cyclone Kenneth six weeks later.

Although the first cyclone negatively affected Malawi and Zimbabwe in its rampaging path, Mozambique was the most affected with large swaths of land flooded, record breaking rainfall and thousands of people in Beira city and surrounding districts marooned. The casualty was beyond the capacity of Mozambique’s government to deal with alone.

Cyclone Kenneth brought heavy rain, battering northern Mozambique on Monday 29 April in the process killing 38 people and destroying thousands of homes. Roads have been washed away, fields submerged and many buildings wrecked by the storm.

 

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ADPP Mozambique, a member of Humana People to People, has been working with the people of Mozambique helping them to create development in their communities since 1982. Some of the development efforts of ADPP Mozambique were affected by Cyclone Idai as in the case of a Teacher Training College Nhamatanda in central Mozambique and thousands of small-scale farmers who took part in a four year rural farming intervention.

 

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ADPP Mozambique thus joined in the efforts of the government providing emergency relief support to many people who were left homeless by Cyclone Idai. Recently the Country Director of ADPP Mozambique, Birgit Holm was interviewed by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on “What next for cyclone hit Mozambique?”

 

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You can read the interview here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6985687/What-cyclone-hit-Mozambique.html

Humana People to People has created a crowd-funding website where those who would like to come forward with financial donations big or small can help to lighten the burden among the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Here is the internet link which takes you to the crowd-funding site: https://www.gofundme.com/gofundmecomhelp-mozambique

Zero Malaria Starts with Me!

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Humana People to People joins the world in marking World Malaria Day on the 25th of April 2019. The commemoration is being held under the theme 'Zero Malaria Starts with Me'.

After more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has levelled off. According to World Health Organisation’s latest World malaria report, no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435,000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.

Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria - a preventable and treatable disease. And each year, more than 200 million new cases of malaria are reported. The damage inflicted extends beyond loss of human life: malaria takes a heavy toll on health systems, sapping productivity and eroding economic growth. Investing in universal health care is the best way to ensure, all communities have access to the services they need to beat malaria. Individual and community empowerment through community driven initiatives supporting the call-to-action for “Zero malaria starts with me” can play a critical role in building the right momentum.

 

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Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. The new approach to fighting malaria must be based on political will, strategic information, better guidance and support, coordinated national response, and community based campaigns.

Humana People to People is engaged in fighting malaria in some of the malaria high burden countries of southern Africa. Humana People to People members present in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa are working closely with national ministry of health and communities in taking actions at reducing malaria cases through people-led initiatives. Recently, a malaria multi-country initiative was implemented in border crossing points through community mobilization for malaria prevention, undertaking malaria testing and treatment. Cross border malaria initiatives has proven to give good results, as migrating populations are at risk both for contracting malaria and for spreading it.

 

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The programme provided malaria testing, malaria treatment and malaria tracking services. Malaria posts for diagnosis and treatment were set up in targeted communities and outreach activities were done for the high prevalence communities. To generate demand for the posts the programme conducted door-to-door campaigns in the communities performed by trained community health workers and held monthly malaria testing initiatives.

The community members received malaria awareness information supporting communities to take action to counter malaria prevalence. School teachers, students, community activists and volunteers were trained to be malaria advocacy experts. The trained individuals continue working in their local communities as they mobilise individuals for malaria prevention, organise anti-malaria campaigns, and undertake home visits intended to reach children, pregnant women, and the general population.

Cyclone Idai Donation Appeal!

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Help Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe as the three countries respond to the Cyclone IDAI trail of destruction. Millions of people are affected and hundred of thousands are finding it difficult to come to terms with their current fate after losing their loved ones including material possessions to floods.

Cyclone IDAI is one of the worst natural disasters to have hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Humana People to People is present in the three countries with its members’ undertaking development work. Some of the development efforts have been affected by the storm.

Humana People to People members ADPP Mozambique, DAPP Zimbabwe and DAPP Malawi are in the area coordinating with emergency response mechanisms to provide basic assistance to those affected and prepare for longer-term recovery.

The storm, which first struck Mozambique before moving inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, caused widespread flooding and has affected more than 2 million lives.

Central Mozambique was hit particularly hard. It is estimated that 90 percent of Beira, a port city that is home to about half a million people was destroyed. A major emerging problem affecting Beira city is the outbreak of cholera. As rescue workers struggle to reach remote regions, they are confronting obstacles like floods, debris, damaged roads and bridges.

You may support Cyclone Idai victims and survivors, by donating to the relief efforts currently underway in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and can use the GoFundMe link below to support the humanitarian efforts on-going.

https://www.gofundme.com/gofundmecomhelp-mozambique

Funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide relief items such as emergency shelter and clothing, food assistance, water purification and health assistance. Updates will be provided as the situation develops.

Farewell “Tuku” a friend, a legend

 

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Humana People to People has lost a friend in the untimely death of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi on 23 January 2019 due to a complication with diabetes. He will remain known as a humble musician who curved his music career to become an international artist who used his influence to sing about HIV and AIDS, gender equality and child rights.

“Tuku” was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time. His singing spanned across 41 years making him a legendary musician whose illustrious career saw him produce 66 albums.

Humana People to People has for some years built a cordial and friendly relationship with “Tuku” which saw him agreeing to accept an invitation to provide entertainment to a multitude of ordinary villagers during an Open Sunday in 2004 at Murgwi in Shamva, Mashonaland Central province in Zimbabwe.

He went on to play at several other occasions as a solo artist and; with Sam and Selmor. He came naturally to accept Murgwi as his “home-away-from-home” as he felt comfortable to associate easily with the audience. We will forever remember and cherish in our hearts his joint performance he gave Humana People to People during the festive breaks of December a couple of years back. What comes dearly to our hearts is his performance with Sam Mtukudzi at the Murgwi a performance which still lingers in our hearts until now.

 

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Popular songs he made include Neria – a counseling song to a widow, Todii – an HIV and AIDS awareness raising song. Todii brought lime light to the epidemic at the time when HIV and AIDS was decimating lives in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa in general.

What made his songs unique was the way he aligned the messages to key issues. He became more vocal on HIV and AIDS matters such that his song Holidays had its proceeds from its sale donated to the non-profit donor organization The Global Fund to Fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Tuku’s resilience to stand resolute in following his music passion rewarded him with many accolades and a UNICEF East and Southern Africa ambassadorial role.