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Mozambique: UN Humanitarian Coordinator calls for support to people affected by COVID-19 and violence in Cabo Delgado

04 juin 2020

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IOM health staff and community health workers lead community education and mobilization activities to prevent COVID-19 transmissions in Mandruzi resettlement site, March 2020. Credit: IOM/Zohra Mohamed Omar Hanif

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, today called on the international community to scale up its support to Mozambique and help the country to protect those hardest-hit by multiple shocks, including the humanitarian consequences of COVID-19, as well as recurrent droughts, floods and the increasing violence in Cabo Delgado Province.

Ms. Kaulard presented on behalf of the United Nations and humanitarian partners two appeals that together seek more than US$103 million to support the Government-led response to provide life-saving assistance to more than 3.3 million people across the country.

The COVID-19 Flash Appeal focuses on the most immediate and critical needs of millions of people that will likely be affected by the pandemic. The $68.1 million needed for this appeal, included in the Global COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan, will be used to support public health responses and also provide humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable groups whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. 

It includes people living in poverty, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, the elderly, displaced population and people at-risk communities who were already struggling to recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth that hit the country in 2019.

The Rapid Response Plan for Cabo Delgado seeks $35.5 million and will prioritize the urgent needs of more than 350,000 people in the province, including more than 211,000 people who have been displaced by the increasing violence.

The wave of armed attacks in the region since October 2017 has escalated significantly since January 2020, leaving tens of thousands of people without adequate access to food, water, sanitation or any basic services.

The situation exacerbates an already fragile humanitarian situation, marked by recurrent climate shocks and high levels of underdevelopment. The displacement is also increasing protection concerns, especially for women, who are at higher risk of gender-based violence.