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Cyclone Idai: An employee on the field

Before departing to Malawi: action medeor employee Mareike Illing in our warehouse in Tönisvorst.

Before departing to Malawi: action medeor employee Mareike Illing in our warehouse in Tönisvorst. © action medeor

To coordinate the emergency aid for the cyclone Idai, action medeor employee Mareike Illing has traveled to Malawi.

Two weeks ago, cyclone Idai brought floods and destruction in the southeast of Africa. While international attention has mostly focused on Mozambique, the neighboring population of Malawi has also been subjected to the consequences of the cyclone. Especially, in the southern region, there have been serious floods and more than 80 000 persons had to leave their homes. In total, almost one million Malawians are in need of help.

To coordinate the emergency help in Malawi, action medeor employee Mareike Illing has traveled to the southern African country. In the next weeks, she will assist the six staff members of the action medeor branch in the capital Lilongwe. She will also visit healthcare facilities in the disaster area to assess the specific medical needs and to organize joint actions with authorities and local and national international aid organizations. The employee from the Medical Aid Department of action medeor in Tönisvorst has essential knowledge in emergency relief situations – for example from Liberia, where she was send to fight against the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Bernd Pastors, board spokesperson of action medeor explains: „The region will be suffering of the consequences of the natural disaster for a long time. Through its branch in Malawi, action medeor can both help with the acute emergency and support health facilities in the long term. Our employee Mareike Illing will be cooperating closely with local pharmacists, who will take over the organization of the aid measures after her departure.”

Because of poor hygiene and the contaminated water, high health risks arise. In the affected regions, outbreaks of Cholera have been registered, a disease that spreads mostly through unsafe water and which can become fatal without proper treatment. Other infections, worm diseases and malaria are also spreading.

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