Treating HIV In Mozambique's Cyclone-Devastated City

When Cyclone Idai made a landfall in Mozambique it caused huge damages and destroyed buildings including health facilities in Beira where one in six adults is living with HIV. MSF was running an HIV programme in the city before the cyclone struck and getting patients back on antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible was important to prevent a surge of treatment failure and the potential for increased advanced HIV disease.

A consultation with an HIV-positive patient, the first day of the full re-opening of MSF’s HIV programme in the Munhava health centre after Cyclone Idai struck Beira.

Teodora Tongouche, sex worker and MSF peer educator, outside the MSF office in Beira.

The health worker wears a mask because many HIV-positive patients are co-infected with tuberculosis, which can be spread by coughing.


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