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1.6 million children in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe still need our help

26 April 2019

In May, Tropical Cyclone Idai caused over 500 deaths and left a humanitarian crisis in its wake. It was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to hit Southern Africa. One month on, in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, three million people are still in urgent need of assistance; half of them are children.

In Mozambique, at least 89,000 people are reported to be displaced. Critical infrastructure including classrooms, health centres and homes were partially or completely destroyed. In Malawi, thousands of families lack basic supplies including food, water and sanitation facilities, putting children at increased risk of malnutrition and disease. In Zimbabwe, the water supply has suffered significant damage, and reports show large-scale damage to schools, affecting over 57,000 students.

As Cigna has clients and plan members on the ground, we did everything we could to help when Cyclone Idai struck. We opened our emergency support telephone lines and contacted plan members in the region to let them know we were here to support them. However, we wanted to go further and directly help children. So we contacted the Cigna Foundation. They generously decided to donate 50,000 USD to support UNICEF’s relief efforts.

Thanks to the support from Cigna and other donors, UNICEF is installing temporary health centres, child friendly spaces and emergency schools in the affected regions. One of the key long-term focuses is to ensure that education doesn’t stop at this time. This is particularly important for young children, as it gives them a sense of security, routine and normality. Learn more about UNICEF’s relief efforts here.

How can you help?

You can join us in supporting this important work. Make a donation to UNICEF’s Crowdrise campaign between 16th April and 15th May 2019 and we will match it! The Cigna Foundation will match every dollar donated to this cause, up to 100,000 USD.

Every dollar counts as UNICEF and its partners are working to respond to this crisis in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 88.4% of every dollar spent goes directly to help children. Your donation will directly help improve a child’s life.