Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Mozambique

23 March 2004

The Ministry of Health, Mozambique has reported a total of 15 237 cases and 85 deaths between 20 December 2003 and 18 March 2004 in seven provinces (Maputo, Gaza, Sofala, Zambesia, Nampula, Inhambane, Tete). Maputo city is the most affected area with 9 522 cases and 37 deaths.

A cholera emergency was declared by the Ministry of Health on 9 January 2004. WHO and other agencies, including UNICEF, Médecins sans Frontières, World Food Programme, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Italian Government are supporting local health authorities in containing the outbreak.