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Cyclone Idai Emergency Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Non-Food Items (NFI) response to most affected – MOZ920

On 14 March 2019, category 3 cyclone Idai hit the coast of Mozambique. Estimates indicate 1.85 million people have been affected by the cyclone and 600,000 need humanitarian assistance, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known. Over 140 000 people were displaced after the cyclone and the impact on houses, infrastructures (schools, health centers, roads etc.), water and sanitation facilities, as well as land is substantial.  As a result of the cyclone there is a lack of basic services or household materials. This poses extraordinary risks as an outbreak of cholera has spread (over 2,500 cases as of April 6th, including 5 deaths) and other waterborne diseases are on the rise. Provision of basic WASH services are therefore vital to ensuring community health, mitigating cholera, malaria and dengue and promote the dignity of the most vulnerable.

Project Objectives

Overall Objective

To minimize the impact of cyclone Idai on most vulnerable and affected women, girls, men, boys including the elderly and those living with disabilities through increased access to life saving items, appropriate and gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and knowledge on hygiene and gender protection.

Specific Objectives

1. To improve living conditions to the most cyclone affected vulnerable households (HH) to support their return and/or exit from transit and settlement sites.

2. To prevent the spread of water-borne diseases in affected and most at-risk areas through increased access to sanitation and hygiene and protection awareness in schools and health centers.

Expected Results

ER 1.1: Targeted cyclone affected highly vulnerable households have improved their access to life saving Non-Food Items (NFIs) supporting their return or exit from temporary sites

  • Identify highly vulnerable households (HH) in transit shelters
  • Distribute Family kits to identified HH
  • Monitor of targeted HH return or exit from transit site/4. Post distribution monitoring


ER 2.1: Targeted cyclone affected school children and health center’s patients have improved access to sanitation and hygiene facilities and limit their exposure to waterborne diseases through appropriate knowledge on hygiene practices

  • Identify priority schools in coordination with Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) cluster and authorities
  • Bill of Quantity of latrines and handwashing stations rehabilitation
  • Consult women and girls on the design of the facilities
  • Contract local construction company for rehabilitation work and desludging of latrines
  • Supervise work sites
  • Train hygiene promotion staff and community mobilisers on hygiene promotion approaches and gender awareness sensitization


ER 2.2: Targeted cyclone affected school girls and women health patients have access to dedicated spaces and services to manage their hygiene in a protected environment

  • Conduct Gender Based Violence risk assessment in target schools and Health facilities
  • Train education and health workers on hygiene promotion and gender protection issues
  • Distribute gender specific sanitation supplies and cleaning materials for latrines maintenance
  • Dedicated sensitization sessions for girls at age of menstruating
  • Distribute Menstrual Hygiene Management Material kits
  • Demonstration of hygiene awareness and gender protection sessions done by education and health workers



The project will directly target 14 545 beneficiaries and will indirectly benefit the families of beneficiaries receiving hygiene and protection sensitization messaging reaching an estimated total of 43 040 people.

Total Budget

€ 530.000,00


30.04.2019 – 30.04.2020

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):