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Volvo Group Supports UNICEF’s Idai Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of the devastating cyclone Idai, Volvo AB donated SEK1 million or R1.5 million to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s’ Fund) relief efforts in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.


According to reports, more than 900 people have so far been reported dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and hundreds of thousands more were affected and left without sufficient shelter, food and medical care.

Marcus Hörberg, Vice President of Volvo Group Southern Africa, said, “we deeply care about our neighbours in the affected countries and feel humbled that, through this contribution, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of some of the people impacted by Idai.”

He further added, “we believe in making a true and tangible difference on the ground, where people are most vulnerable and at risk.”

According to UNICEF, more than a 1.5 million children have been impacted by cyclone Idai.  Many of them have lost their homes, schools, hospitals, friends and loved ones.

“We are happy for the confidence AB Volvo has shown in UNICEF’s ability to give relevant support to children affected by an emergency,” said Véronique Lönnerblad, Executive Director of UNICEF Sweden.  “Thanks to Volvo’s swift response and generous contribution, the most affected children in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are receiving lifesaving supplies including food, clean water, school materials and medicines.”

In Malawi, UNICEF is providing immediate lifesaving assistance to children and families affected by severe food insecurity and flooding across the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, education and health (WASH).  The response also has a special focus on malnutrition among children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, as their needs are expected to increase considerably due to micronutrient deficiencies and food shortages, as well as due to potential disease outbreaks.

Meanwhile in Mozambique, UNICEF’s key priorities are to treat and prevent cholera to ensure water supply is made available in cyclone and flood affected areas.  In addition, UNICEF is leading and supporting responses in nutrition, education, child protection and health for children and families that have been impacted.

In Zimbabwe, UNICEF has delivered, amongst other things, medical supplies, hygiene kits, jerry cans, soap and water treatment tablets to affected areas.  Supplies are air-lifted to the hardest-to-reach areas due to damaged roads and bridges.  UNICEF continues to respond to the needs of children and families in the areas of health and nutrition, WASH, HIV/ AIDS, education and child protection, especially targeting the most valuable.

UNICEF urgently requires USD 122m to respond and provide lifesaving support for children and families in the affected areas across the three countries.

For more information on UNICEF’s activities or to donate funds, please visit

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa