New York, NY – Following the deadly cyclone that struck Mozambique, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is providing emergency medical supplies through its partner the Afya Foundation and will deploy a response and assessment team, including a disaster relief expert and field medic, to the devastated nation in the coming days. With widespread destruction and a rising death toll, JDC activated its network of local and international partners, is assessing emerging needs, and will continue to direct relief accordingly. To support JDC’s Mozambique relief efforts, visit:

“As we offer our prayers for the safekeeping of those still unaccounted for, and mourn the tragic loss of life in Mozambique, we are doing all we can to ensure the most immediate and urgent needs are met. The imperative to aid survivors and begin their healing process is crucial on what will be a very long road to recovery. We are proud to put our Jewish values into action and repair this terribly broken corner of the world, one life at a time,” said JDC CEO David M. Schizer.

JDC has worked in Africa for decades, addressing a variety of emergencies and development challenges including famine, war, educational opportunities for women, economic advancement for smallholder farmers, and medical issues including spinal and heart disease. JDC has recently responded to disasters and crises in Guatemala, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, and East Africa and has continued its post-disaster development work in Nepal and Haiti. JDC also provides ongoing humanitarian aid to refugees in Europe and the Middle East.

JDC’s disaster relief programs are funded by special appeals of the Jewish Federations of North America and tens of thousands of individual donors to JDC.

Relief efforts of JDC are coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Israeli government and the United Nations, as well as local and international partners.