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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2018 and now into 2019, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and online at Ocado together with the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Humanitarian Support - Cyclone Idai

The central coast of Mozambique was devastated by category 3 Cyclone Idai which made landfall on 14th March 2019, directly striking the city of Beira, in Sofala Province. Ensuing rainfall has resulted in massive and widespread flooding across six provinces, leaving 2.5 million people in need as reported by the United Nations.  Crops have been destroyed just before the main harvest. This has caused extreme food insecurity with four provinces, Nampula, Zambezia, Tete and Niassia, noted to have cumulatively almost 300,000 people food insecure due to drought even prior to the storm. Medair has launched an emergency response in Mozambique to quickly assist families affected by the cyclone and floods which Trade Aid UK is supporting.

Their intervention seeks to provide rapid emergency relief through emergency shelter and non-food items. Medair's overall goal is to restore dignity and provide life-saving emergency assistance to vulnerable populations affected and threatened by the floods in Mozambique, to prevent disease and further deaths. The Charity will achieve this by providing rapid support of emergency basic needs and services to targeted vulnerable populations most affected by Cyclone Idai.

Specifically, Medair will seek to reach out to the most vulnerable communities, who have not yet received any relief, in the most remote areas and plan to reach and provide emergency shelter, hygiene kits, and non-food items, including tools for water filtration, to a minimum of 2,000 vulnerable households  covering a total of 10,000 beneficiaries.

Public health indicators were poor as a baseline in Mozambique, with high rates of infectious diseases and high prevalence of malnutrition. Multiple hospitals are reported to have been severely damaged following the storm. Malaria and diarrhoea are common but expected to worsen due to the heavy flooding, lack of access to clean water, damage to infrastructure and likely contamination of boreholes and wells. Cholera outbreaks are common in the first quarter of the year in Mozambique due to the rains. Beyond the health issues, the trauma caused by loss of home, social structures, and basic services is likely to leave the population with extensive psychosocial needs. At least 12,000 shelters have been destroyed with many more expected to be confirmed as destroyed as flood waters subside.

Medair is an international humanitarian organisation specialising in emergency response and recovery. They  work in the major sectors of shelter and non-food items; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and health and nutrition and have significant experience responding to natural disasters over 30 years, with responses in the last six months alone in the Philippines following Typhoon Mangahut and the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The Charity strive to respond quickly and efficiently to new onset disasters.

Medair brings emergency relief and rehabilitation to over two million people a year in some of the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, all countries that are severely affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or other crises. You can find out more about Medair and the work they are doing by logging onto their website at www.medair.org.

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