Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga
IPPF’s Humanitarian response to Tropical Cyclone Harold
Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold caused widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga during April 2020. Impacts on health services were caused by infrastructural damage to health facilities and contamination of water sources. In the mid to long-term, further impacts on sexual and reproductive health are likely, including increases in unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and infant health, and sexual and gender-based violence. IPPF’s local Member Associations launched humanitarian responses to three of the countries affected – Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Life after Cyclone Idai
On the evening of 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai made landfall in the city of Beira in central Mozambique. With wind speeds of 185 kilometers per hour, it was the largest cyclone on record to hit Africa. The impact was devastating, leading to the loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure – not only in Mozambique, but in Malawi, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. The Associação Moçambicana para Desenvolvimento da Família (AMODEFA), IPPF’s Member Association in Mozambique, responded in the most affected areas of Mozambique with mobile sexual and reproductive healthcare. AMODEFA were able to reach 7,561 people with sexual and reproductive health services throughout their response.