Help Us Provide Emergency Health Services to Those Displaced by Cyclones Ana and Gombe

In the wake of Tropical Storm Ana in Southern Malawi, GAIA has begun offering emergency medical services to those living in displacement camps ater losing their homes in the flood.

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April 1, 2022

Dear friend of GAIA,

Last month, Southern Malawi was devastated by heavy flooding, displacing over 30,000 households and causing dozens of deaths. Shortly after Tropical Storm Ana struck, the GAIA team sprung into action to ensure continuity of care (despite bridges being washed out) and to bring much needed health care to the newly displaced. With rains continuing throughout February, and made worse by the arrival of Cyclone Gombe in mid-March, the emergency response has morphed into a longer term role in the displacement camps that have sprung up throughout the affected districts. Joyce and her team have  repurposed vehicles, crafted agreements with district health offices to supply medicines, hired temporary clinical staff and drivers, and negotiated fuel donations from partner organizations. As a result, we are turning to our community of funders to support this unexpected, unbudgeted emergency activity.

GAIA has started a campaign to fundraise for these emergency relief activities with a goal of raising $30,000 –  all of which will support the 30,000 households affected in Mulanje and Phalombe Districts. Together, we can ensure that those whose lives have been upended by Tropical Storm Ana have access to the care they need in the aftermath.

On behalf of the whole GAIA team, zikomo kwambiri!

FLOOD RELIEF CAMPAIGN UPDATE: March 11, 2022

Dear friend of GAIA,

We are inspired by the outpouring of philanthropic community support for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and are pleased to report that GAIA donors have simultaneously stepped up to increase access to healthcare for those displaced by Tropical Storm Ana in Southern Malawi.

You have helped us raise over $10,000, and we remain hopeful of reaching our $30,000 goal by the end of the month. These funds have allowed GAIA to provide emergency medical services at 24 displacement camps in Mulanje and 8 camps in Phalombe. Since services began last month, GAIA has supported over 9,000 patient visits, seeing high numbers of upper respiratory infections, fevers and gastrointestinal disease, as well as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea conditions that are particularly dangerous for children under age 5.

Together, we can ensure that those whose lives have been upended by Tropical Storm Ana have access to the care they need in the aftermath.

On behalf of the whole GAIA team, zikomo kwambiri!

FLOOD RELIEF CAMPAIGN UPDATE: March 16, 2022

New videos received from the Malawi team today reveal the added destruction caused by Cyclone Gombe over the weekend. Heavy rains have flooded the already saturated ground, complicating flood relief efforts in response to Tropical Storm Ana several weeks ago. Your support to deploy mobile health clinics to the displaced person camps in Mulanje and Phalombe is now more needed than ever!

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