An oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai has begun in Beira, Mozambique. Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the campaign will be carried out by the Mozambique Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children.
There has already been one reported cholera death and almost 1,500 reported cases following the cyclone, which caused severe flooding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar after making landfall in March. Nine cholera treatment centres, with 500-bed capacity, are already admitting patients.
Further information and advice is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Information about current cholera outbreaks in Africa, including Mozambique, is also available on TRAVAX.
Source: WHO, 3 April 2019