In the wake of tropical cyclones Ana, in late January, and Batsirai, in early February, which killed nearly 100 people and left almost a million displaced or in need of humanitarian assistance, Ipas teams in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia are working quickly to ensure that reproductive health care is available to women and girls affected by the storm, particularly in the many emergency camps across the region.
Help Ipas teams deliver:
- support to mobile health clinics
- reproductive health supplies and equipment
- delivery and dignity kits
- shelter support for health providers
Women and girls disproportionately bear the burden of climate-related events, such as these cyclones.
In the aftermath of cyclone Ana in Malawi, one woman told the Guardian:
In the wake of tropical cyclone Ana, which displaced thousands of people across southern Africa, Ipas’s global director of development, Pansi Katenga, talks to Malawi Broadcasting Company about how Ipas’s donation of medical equipment and supplies, worth US$10,000, will help meet the critical health needs of people now living in emergency camps in the aftermath of the cyclone.
The donation was essential because sexual and reproductive health is usually not prioritized in a crisis response,” says Pansi Katenga, Ipas’s global development director. “I am happy that that Ipas was in a position to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls living in the humanitarian camps.”
After the storm in Malawi
Storm damage in Zambia
Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit National Coordinator Dr. Gabriel Pollen (second from left) and officers from Ministry of Defence inspect a bridge on Chunga Stream that was damaged by floods following heavy rains due to Ana storm in Chilanga District of Lusaka Province.
Flooding in the Kalomo and Nangoma Districts of Zambia.