Mozambique: 850,000 displaced lack water and health services – Mozambique


Johanniter launches comprehensive measures in Cabo Delgado

Berlin – Since 2017, the province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique has experienced outbreaks of violence from various militias.

Hundreds of people have already lost their lives and around 850,000 displaced people have sought refuge in temporary camps or with relatives in the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Nampula. There, they live in very difficult conditions. “Above all, their access to water and health care is not guaranteed,” explains David Prieto, Johanniter’s head of mission in Mozambique.

In the province of Cabo Delgado, Johanniter is almost the only German organization working in the field of health and nutrition. “Access to new organizations is difficult due to the entry requirements and this makes the presence, work and commitment of those organizations already working here even more important,” Prieto explains.

In collaboration with local partners and the authorities, Johanniter has now developed an action plan to improve the living conditions of the displaced people.

Emergency relief supplies distributed

For example, 300 families in IDP camps around the town of Montepuez have just received water cans, chlorine tablets, clothes and blankets. “Essential items such as hygiene equipment, tarpaulins to cover shelters or drinking water are not available for everyone,” continues Prieto.

So soap, mosquito nets as well as tarpaulins and ropes to reinforce makeshift dwellings are also distributed. The measures are supported by the German Embassy.

Long-term commitment to the region

In addition to these distributions, Johanniter is planning a series of measures to improve the health and nutritional situation in the coming months.

For example, mobile health services will be established and supported with the partner organization and local authorities, so that isolated communities and refugees can be reached with medical services.


The province of Cabo Delgado is one of the poorest and most neglected regions in the country. According to the United Nations, 900,000 people in the region suffer from food insecurity. About 75,000 children suffer from acute malnutrition.
Johanniter International Assistance has been active in Mozambique since the devastating Cyclone Idai in 2019. In the particularly affected provinces of Sofala, Chimoio and Beira, they worked with partners to rebuild agriculture in affected communities and stabilize medical care in the areas rural.

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David Prieto, Head of Mission for Johanniter in Mozambique, is available for interviews.
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