A cholera outbreak has been reported in Mozambique. From 14 September 2022 to 29 May 2023, a total of 31,327 cases and 138 deaths (CFR 0.4%) have been reported from 11 provinces and 60 districts, according to the World Health Organization.
Current hotspots in the country (according to reported cases) include Beira, Nhamatanda, and Marromeu in Sofala province, Quelimane in Zambezia province, Chimoio in Manica province and Memba and Nacala Porto in Nampula.
The 2 landings of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, on February 28 and March 12, 2023, have greatly affected the country and exacerbated the cholera situation. Extensive flooding has left families homeless, affected water supplies, and reduced access to many communities.
With the impacts of TC Freddy, resources are stretched and there are reports of demonstrations at Partners distributions with communities claiming that the selection process is not equal. Oral Rehydration Points have been vandalized with community members voicing concerns of cholera cases increasing in locations of the Oral Rehydration Points. Based on this assessment, there is a large need for Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) to spread cholera awareness, safe health and hygiene practices, and to involve community in decision making.