Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu on Apr 6th, 2020 as a category 5 cyclone, damaging or destroying homes, health centres, water sources, crops, roads and communication networks.
Approximately 100,000 people, or 35 % of the total population, are currently without shelter and have limited food supplies. Health issues include malnutrition, an increase in communicable diseases and lack of clean water. Among the other needs in the population, people with disabilities experience heightened risks during and after natural disasters and local disability service providers require support.
World Vision is responding to this crisis by addressing the most pressing needs of affected communities in relation to health care, protection and water.
World Vision will distribute mosquito nets, conduct community training on post-cyclone health threats, and screen for and treat malnutrition among young children.
World Vision will provide surge support to Disabled People’s Organizations, enabling them to provide adequate post-cyclone services to their clientele, including domestic violence support services.
To re-establish access to clean water, World Vision’s team of qualified professionals will conduct emergency repairs on damaged water infrastructure, with a focus on rainwater catchment systems, enabling communities to quickly meet their own water and sanitation needs.