Health Alliance International (HAI), a Seattle-based global health nonprofit and center of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, recently received a $150,000 grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Global Recovery Fund to build health system preparedness in Mozambique. Cyclone Idai hit the country nine months ago, causing substantial damage to homes and health units.
“HAI has been working in partnership with Mozambique’s National Health Service for more than three decades, so when the cyclone hit we knew immediately that we would be involved in the response for the long term,” said Dr. James Pfeiffer, executive director of HAI and professor of global health and adjunct professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health.
HAI will use the award to launch Project SPEED (Strengthening Provincial-level Epidemiological Expertise for Disaster response), which will focus on building outbreak surveillance expertise in the most cyclone-vulnerable region of Mozambique while strengthening the infrastructure and medical resources of locally prioritized hospitals and clinics. HAI worked closely with local health authorities from the National Institute of Health and Provincial Health Directorate to identify activities that would build resiliency and readiness within the public sector health system.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 27