Letizia of Spain : “Gilet rouge” in Mozambique after the cyclone Idai

After a week devoted to the world of belles lettres and the award ceremony in duo and solo, queen Letizia of Spain focused on international cooperation : April 28, 2019, then that took place the general elections in Spain, the wife of king Felipe VI flew to Mozambique on the occasion of a visit of two days to observe on-the-ground actions supported by the Spanish government in the field of health, diet, rural development and assistance following the passage of cyclone Idai. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world and has, since 1980, of a convention of cooperation with Spain, which was included in the priority areas of the plan of cooperation 2018-2021, of which this royal visit, which was scheduled before the passage of the cyclone.

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Well arrival – despite the passage of another cyclone, Kenneth – at the international airport of Maputo in the afternoon of Sunday 28 April, where she was welcomed in particular by the minister of Health and the vice-minister of foreign Affairs local, Letizia of Spain, began its operations the next day at the health centre and research of Manhiça, which has a partnership with the Spanish settlements. While in Madrid, his daughter, infanta Sofia was celebrating her 12th birthday, she visited the laboratory of microbiology, observing the microscope sample, and the insectarium before taking part in a working meeting centered on programs to fight malaria and tuberculosis. Dressed in a vest of red, identifying the Spanish aid workers and a clear set of brand Intropia that she had worn during a visit a humanitarian in Haiti in 2018, it has also given of his time to the many moms who came to seek care at the centre and had, as usual, a lot of tenderness towards their young children.

The queen, after being changed and having spent a dress signed Pedro del Hierro outcome of the collection this season, then visited the presidential palace, Ponta Vermelha, where the president of the Republic of Mozambique Jacinto Nyussi and his wife Isaura had received at breakfast, in the presence also of several members of the government. The opportunity to evoke the first time the devastation caused by the cyclone Idai and the floods it has caused in the month of march and the international aid needed to rebuild. Hundreds of dead, thousands missing, almost two million people affected, entire cities destroyed, like that of Beira, and emergency services are totally overwhelmed : the result of the natural disaster is terrible… After the meal, Letizia of Spain visited the technical Office of cooperation, where was held a big meeting, before completing his day with Spaniards involved on-site with the cooperation body to discuss their daily work, the issues they face and the needs they have.

Tuesday, April 30, the wife of king Felipe moved to Beira, a port city essential that the cyclone has devastated and completely cut off from the rest of the country. A first meeting was held at the airport for him to draw up the state of play following the disaster. She then continued her program with the guides of the governor of the Sofala province and of the minister of Health, in the city of Dondo and, more specifically, to the hospital, START, a hospital of campaign in which we operate staff Spanish and has a capacity of 71 patients.