© Pierre Jans (RTL)
At a press conference on Wednesday, Médecins Sans Frontières Luxembourg (Doctors Without Borders) discussed the situation in Mozambique.
A month ago, the southern African country experienced a significant amount of damage following Cyclone Idai. A surface area nearly three times the size of Luxembourg was flooded following the cyclone.
There was a quick reaction as aid organisations from all corners of the globe came together to provide medication and food to those affected by the cyclone.
MSF's Karin Huster, who called into Wednesday's press conference, explained that the organisation was positively surprised by how well-organised the Mozambican Ministry of Health Was. Huster was part of the MSF ground team in Mozambique.
As for the immediate future, Huster explained that the NGO is optimistic for the country's recovery. Currently, MSF is focusing on water sanitation, as clean water is the basic starting point for so many aspects: clean water can help prevent illnesses like cholera and it is impossible to cook without clean water.
She also explained that the NGO cannot leave the country without having set the groundwork for the country and the land to recover. The organisation will continue to provide medical support to the groups that are most at-risk.
Despite visible improvements, Huster confirmed that the fear of a cholera epidemic remains a real one. The Ministry of Health, supported by aid organisations, had provided 93% of the affected population with vaccines in a week. Organisations have also installed a number of water stations, where dirty water can be purified and made drinkable.
More than 600 people died in the cyclone and many more were injured. Nearly 240,000 homes were destroyed or flooded. The neighbouring countries Zimbabwe and Malawi were not quite as impacted as Mozambique, but the death counts lay at a respective 180 and 56.