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The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Office of Global Disaster Response deployed a team on May 8 to provide a professional response in support of residents affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

Mass General Deploys Team to Support Cyclone Kenneth Recovery Efforts in Mozambique

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response (GDR) deployed a six-person team on May 8 to provide a professional response in support of residents affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

The team will work as volunteers for the nonprofit Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization that is launching a mobile medical aid operation to the southeastern African nation.

Working in conjunction with local, provincial, and national authorities, the MGH GDR team will assist Team Rubicon in providing mobile medical services to affected communities, including: triage, clinical care, and basic laboratory and pharmacy capabilities. In coordination with the broader incident response framework, the mobile medical team will be working to help stabilize the situation, provide medical care in hard-to-reach and remote areas, and helping to monitor for and prevent disease outbreaks.

The MGH GDR team consists of team leader Lindsey Martin, NP (CGH, Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit), deputy team leader Kristen Giambusso, MPH (CGH), Carmela Berlin, RPh (Pharmacy), Catherine Welder, RN (Medical ICU), Michelle Winkler-Gettings, RPh (Partners eCare) and David Mather, AS, NREMT-P (Center for Disaster Medicine).

This operation marks a return to Mozambique for Team Rubicon. The organization just wrapped-up its Cyclone Idai mobile medical operation, in which Team Rubicon’s WHO-verified Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 Mobile provided medical assistance to more than 725 residents in Dondo District and surrounding areas.

“Mozambique has been impacted by two sequential category four storms in a community already beleaguered by poverty,” Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, director of Global Disaster Response, said. “It is our hope to provide a professional response to those affected with this deep and experienced team working with Team Rubicon.”

“Cyclone Kenneth struck Mozambique just six weeks after Cyclone Idai made landfall – adding additional strain to the country’s on-going recovery efforts,” said William Porter, Senior Manager of Operations Support at Team Rubicon. “This storm’s high winds and heavy rains have damaged roads and other critical infrastructure – leaving some communities cutoff from the rest of the country. Our teams are uniquely suited to operate in austere conditions and provide life-saving assistance in these remote areas cutoff from the outside world. We look forward to collaborating again with the Mozambique Ministry of Health and working as force multipliers helping to minimize the suffering Cyclone Kenneth has caused.”

Global Disaster Response at MGH is committed to providing well-trained personnel and resources to immediately respond to a full spectrum of humanitarian—natural or man-made—emergencies. GDR maintains the highest standards in clinical care, organizational management, and ethical practice.

As a center of excellence in disaster preparedness and response, GDR leverages the multi-disciplinary expertise of MGH and the Partners Healthcare community to deliver the highest level of care to people affected by disasters. Continuously improving the quality and effectiveness of global humanitarian aid through preparedness, response, and research is a cornerstone of professional development and leadership at MGH.

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