Midwife Laura helps women in Beira, Mozambique’s second-largest city, manage their pregnancies safely as they struggle to get the rest of their lives back on track after Cyclone Idai. Both Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which affected well over two million Mozambicans when they struck with deadly force last March and April, were natural disasters made worse by chaotic extremes of weather. The UN estimates that 90 per cent of all of Beira’s infrastructure has been damaged.
As the devastating impact of disasters grows, the global humanitarian system is responding more frequently and to longer-lasting, more complex emergencies. This World Humanitarian Day (August 19), the United Nations and the humanitarian community will honour the incredible contribution of women humanitarians and look at the challenges and opportunities they face in the field as they respond to the world’s most pressing crises – including climate change.
On that day, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will showcase 24 compelling stories of these women in 24 hours on its campaign website – WorldHumantiarianDay.Org – where you can learn more about Laura’s work in Mozambique.
The World Food Programme says that an estimated 1.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity at least until September 2019, while 67,500 children are in need of nutritional support in Mozambique. The food security situation is expected to further deteriorate during the lean season (October 2019 to February 2020) putting 1.9 million people at risk of food insecurity.
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