Catastrophic rains and floods caused by Cyclone Idai killed at least 50 and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Malawi. Partners In Health is working to rebuild homes, deploy mobile clinics, and ensure families are safe, housed, and fed in the rural Neno district--where we have worked in partnership with the government providing high-quality health care since 2007.
Catastrophic rains and massive floods wreaked havoc across Malawi's southern region. Neno District, where Partners In Health serves 165,000 people, was one of the districts affected. 3,500 families, many farmers, suffered injuries, and saw their homes, food, crops, and possessions damaged or swept away. Standing water from flooding threatens families and children, as it's fertile ground for mosquito-borne diseases. Destroyed crops threaten a particularly brutal "hunger season".
Across the impoverished Neno District, where PIH supports 14 hospitals and health centers, countless families have lost everything. Your support will equip Partners In Health Malawi staff, many of whom lost their own homes, with resources like mosquito nets, food packages, supplies to rebuild homes, and materials for mobile clinics to help with recovery efforts and beyond.
Neno District is likely to see a rise in illnesses such as malaria and typhoid--due to the close proximity of families who moved in together after their houses (most made of mud bricks) were destroyed and standing water. By building homes and deploying mobile health clinics, Partners In Health helps prevent these illness from spreading. Destroyed crops will lead to worsening malnutrition, which PIH combats with screening, treatment, and by providing food packages and clean water.