Global Fund pledges nearly $1 million in emergency funding to help Mozambique avert malaria surge
May 16, 2023
Geneva/Maputo – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has committed almost US$1 million in emergency funding to Mozambique to mitigate the impact of floods and Cyclone Freddy on malaria programs in the country’s southern province.
The damage caused by the hurricane has increased the risk of malaria transmission, especially for the displaced, as stagnant bodies of water increase as mosquito breeding grounds, insecticides are washed away from recently sprayed homes, and mosquito nets are lost.
“More than 22,000 people will die from malaria in Mozambique in 2021,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands. “Based on similar events, we know that floods from hurricanes cause surges in malaria infections. Again, we’re seeing how climate change affects people — especially those who are already vulnerable. It can trigger extreme weather events like hurricanes, which in turn trigger malaria Wait for a deadly disease.”
Hurricane Freddy displaced more than 184,000 people who sought shelter in accommodation centers in affected areas. It destroyed more than 132,000 homes, left more than 640,000 people homeless, damaged more than 1,017 schools and over 5,000 kilometers of roads.
“These additional funds will help prevent further spread of malaria by curbing its potential importation into less severely affected areas,” said Mark Edington, head of grants management at the Global Fund. “Protecting potential outbreaks is critical. Important, ensuring that the gains achieved so far in southern Mozambique are sustained is critical to the country’s malaria elimination agenda.”
funds will be topped up never The Regional Grant is a tripartite agreement between the governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini to collaborate across borders to accelerate malaria elimination in the South-East Africa region.
As part of the emergency response, the Lubombo Space Development Initiative (LSDI) will implement a larvicide spraying campaign in areas near the displacement center where water remains after floodwaters recede. The GPS location of all larvicide-treated water bodies will be recorded and, using a mobile application, a near real-time dashboard and all relevant information will be provided.
LSDI will also apply indoor residual spraying to more than 10,000 homes—including all flooded homes that were sprayed in the last year, as well as others that were not sprayed during the previous event but were flooded during the hurricane.
“In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Freddy, our implementing partner LSDI provided support by delivering flood protection equipment, food and mosquito nets to various flood diversion centres,” said Dr Maxim Berdnikov, Senior Fund Portfolio Manager at Global Fund Mozambique. “They also sprayed all the displaced centers to prevent malaria infection. Now we need to strengthen their capacity to avoid a malaria surge.”
Mozambique, which has one of the highest burdens of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the world, faces major barriers to its health workforce. In this challenging operating environment, and thanks in large part to the efforts of advocates and community health workers, the country has made solid progress against all three diseases. The Global Fund’s investment in Mozambique—four core grants signed for 2021-2023 totaling up to US$744 million—supports the country’s work to build on this progress and continue to reduce infections and deaths from the three diseases.