In Mozambique, Fighting Back Malaria After Cyclone Freddy

In the wake of Cyclone Freddy, Celina’s home was completely flooded and her and her three children were forced to flee for safety. Shortly after, Celina’s two young daughters caught malaria. Their diagnosis came only six-months after Celina’s 35-year-old husband had died from the disease.

Cyclone Freddy, the longest lasting tropical cyclone in recorded history, struck Mozambique’s coastline twice in February and March 2023, causing mass destruction followed by a surge in malaria cases. The Global Fund works with government, community and other partners in Mozambique to fight malaria. After Cyclone Freddy, this work was accelerated, including by scaling up spray campaigns. Malaria is an extremely climate-sensitive disease. With increases in cases and deaths seen after extreme weather events around the world. Investments are needed now to mitigate the health impacts of climate change.