Mozambique rolls out new pneumococcal vaccine
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 22 April 2013 – The dirt road that leads to the Malhangalene Medical Centre in Maputo has turned to mud. Hard rain has been pelting the capital city throughout the day, making everyone wish the rainy season were over.
It is lunchtime, at Chiaquelane transit centre in Mozambique
CHIAQUELANE TRANSIT CENTRE, Mozambique, 25 March 2013 – It is almost lunchtime, and the smell of cooking fires wafts through the air. A boisterous group of sanitation volunteers have gathered near a handful of tents pitched along one of the main paths that cut across Chiaquelane transit centre.
Refuge from the floodwaters in Gaza province, Mozambique
CHIAQUELANE, Mozambique, 29 January 2013 – A small crowd has gathered on the edge of the Xai Xai bridge in Mozambique’s Gaza province. The group watch anxiously as a Navy rescue team moors a boat of people who have been forced to flee their flooded homes.
Two major storms strike Mozambique in quick succession, causing widespread damage
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 27 January 2012 – Mozambique faced a double disaster this month when both Tropical Storm Dando and Tropical Cyclone Funso struck coastal areas, leaving significant damage to homes and infrastructure.
UNICEF aims to expand subsidy system to reach Mozambique’s most vulnerable children
GUARA GUARA, Mozambique, 21 October 2011 – The childhood of Filiphe Luis Marime, 15, ended three years ago when his mother died after a long illness. He was left responsible for his younger siblings, one of whom was just an infant.
UNICEF and partners focus on the prevention of sexual abuse against girls in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 19 October 2011 – When Linda*, 16, entered into an agreement with her well respected 40-year-old teacher to exchange sex for good grades, she had no understanding of the inherently exploitive nature of the relationship.
Large scale effort underway to totally eradicate malaria in Mozambique
NHAMADZI, Mozambique, 28 September 2011 – Under the shade of a tree in deep rural Mozambique, nurse Sonia Tomocene is speaking to a small gathering about malaria prevention. Before her, pregnant women and young children sit on simple reed mats and listen to her advice attentively.
‘International Inspiration’ initiative helping Mozambique’s vulnerable children develop through sport
SOFALA, Mozambique, 23 August 2011 – The young crowd of students standing on the perimeter of the sandy football pitch erupts into shouts of joy as a goal is scored. In this poor coastal province of Sofala in central Mozambique, football is a game of great dreams and aspiration.
Communities in Mozambique lead the way to safe sanitation
DEWE, Mozambique, 19 July 2011 – Village leader Chingore Manuel Mabeto, 65, remembers the frequency with which cholera outbreaks used to strike his community’s young and elderly residents.
In Mozambique, efforts to educate about HIV testing help pregnant mothers and children
BEIRA, Mozambique, 9 June 2011 – It is another busy day at Munhava Health Care Centre, located in a crowded neighbourhood in Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city.
Schoolchildren in Mozambique pick up radio skills as they learn about their rights
CHIBUTO, Mozambique, 18 November 2010 – Raissa, 12, is a radio reporter and one of the young hosts of a weekly programme called ‘Voices of Youth’ in Mozambique’s Chibuto district.
'Child-Friendly Schools' initiative makes strides in Mozambique
CHIBUTO DISTRICT, Mozambique, 22 October 2010 - 11-year-old Phumzile Nkavele loves to go to school and to learn; she also loves playing games, but most of all she loves her classmates and has already decided that they will be going to college together.
Support centres protect children from violence and abuse in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 15 June 2010 – The girl was only 12 years old when her father took her to a guest house and raped her. She told her mother, but her mother did not believe her. Unable to deal with the trauma, the girl reached out for help at the Alta Mae Support Centre in a crowded neighbourhood of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city.
In Mozambique, an innovative programme overhauls sanitation practices
CHIBWE, Mozambique, 24 May 2010 – A circle of women dance to the beat of drums in the morning sun, a crowd of adults and children watching from under tall, leafy trees. After a lengthy roll of beats, the dancing stops and the circle opens to welcome visitors – a group of water and sanitation experts.
Malaria prevention and treatment save children's lives in Mozambique
TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique, 23 April 2010 – After Bonita Gomes, 3, was rushed 30 km by motorbike to a rural health clinic, her blood test confirmed the worst: severe malaria with complications. Bonita was taken to Tete Provincial Hospital for further care, but fell into a coma despite blood transfusions and quinine treatment.
Helping families living with HIV in Mozambique
XAI-XAI, Mozambique, 18 March 2010 - Celeste Macuacua (not her real name), a widow living with her two orphaned grandchildren, had just returned home from working on her plot when she heard a familiar voice calling from outside.
Vulnerable children benefit from child-friendly schools in Mozambique
BUZI, Mozambique, 1 March 2010 − Muchindo Alberto, the fifth-grade teacher at 3 de Fevereiro Primary School, is proud of his child-friendly school.
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 16 October 2009 – Earlier this month, Mozambique’s Child-Friendly Media Network launched its annual report on children in the media. The report, Children in the Media is the most comprehensive analysis on how the media are reporting on children’s rights in Mozambique, covering health and nutrition, education, protection and child participation issues.
‘MICS’ statistics show that under-five mortality dropped by 15 points in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 13 October 2009 – The results of a national survey on the situation of women and children, known as Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), were made public earlier this month by Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute.
Mozambique’s Child Health Week reaches 3 million with life-saving interventions
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 26 May 2009 – Over five days, from 18 to 22 May, a nationwide Child Health Week provided a package of health interventions in Mozambique, bringing vitamin A supplements, vaccinations and nutrition screening to more than 3 million children under the age of five.
Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.
Innovative solutions to cope with food insecurity in Mozambique
NEW YORK, USA, 26 January 2009 – With more than one billion people in the world suffering from food price fluctuations and nutrition concerns, tackling global food scarcity and high food prices is a top item on the agendas of United Nations agencies.
Scaling-up prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes in Mozambique
CHIBUTO DISTRICT, Mozambique, 3 December 2008 – Until about two years ago, lack of adequate maternal and neonatal health services in the remote rural town of Malahice meant that many children died needlessly, especially if they were born to mothers living with HIV.
Global Handwashing Day: Children lead the way in Afghanistan, Somalia and Mozambique
NEW YORK, USA, 15 October 2008 – Millions of children in 70 countries around the world are marking the first-ever Global Handwashing Day with a simple act that will protect them from disease and save their lives.
‘Model Mothers’ work to combat malnutrition in Mozambique
NAMPULA, Mozambique, 22 August 2008 - It is mid-morning in Ilha de Moçambique, a small island off the coast of Nampula Province. Anabela Muchuza, a nutrition technician, makes her rounds of the mother-and-child ward of the island’s main health centre. The giggles of a baby girl draw her attention to the back of the room.
Executive Director announces $3 million for Mozambican children affected by global food price increases
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 1 August 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann. M. Veneman, concluding a three-day visit to Mozambique, announced $3 million in additional support for UNICEF’s nutrition programmes in the country.
Photo exhibition in Mozambique shows impact of AIDS through the eyes of children
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 14 July 2008 – Last year, 21 children aged 11 through 17 took to the streets of Maputo with cameras to document their lives and their communities. Over the course of two weeks, with help from a team of professional photographers, they opened the doors of their homes and learned how to tell their stories through the camera's lens.
Support for households headed by children and the elderly in Mozambique
CHÓKWE DISTRICT, Mozambique, 18 June 2008 – It is mid-morning but Rosina, 16, is still at home, hurrying to finish her domestic chores before going to school. Her home is a small, dark hut where she has been living for about a year with her three brothers, the youngest of whom is only three years old.
Support groups in Mozambique offer hope for stopping mother-to-child HIV transmission
XAI-XAI, Mozambique, 7 May 2008 – Every Wednesday morning, 30-year-old Telzira, who is living with HIV, attends a support group at the health centre in Xai-Xai city. The group offers encouragement to pregnant women and mothers living with HIV.
Community radio encourages girls’ education in Mozambique
MAGANJA DA COSTA DISTRICT, Mozambique, 2 May 2008 – For almost a year, many families in Mozambique have been awakened at daybreak by the pleasant voice of the young announcers at Erive Community Radio, the Maganja da Costa District’s new UNICEF-supported radio station.
Mobile health services reach out to children in rural Mozambique
DJABULA, Mozambique, 14 April 2008 – There was already a long line of women waiting anxiously with their children when health worker Fátima Jonasse arrived in the rural community of Djabula with a UNICEF-supported mobile health unit – part of a health outreach programme to reach children with vital, life-saving services.
Staying healthy with child-centred hygiene education in Mozambique
XAI-XAI DISTRICT, Mozambique, 25 March 2008 – Argentina Mondlane, 37, a widowed mother of four young children, makes her way to the village well in Ngoanine village on the southern coast of Mozambique. Ms. Mondlane treasures this morning ritual of collecting water for her family because it gives her a chance to exchange stories and jokes with the other women.
Denise’s story: Small grant brings wealth of knowledge to Mozambican youth
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2008 – The 52nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which concluded recently in New York, could have been just another annual gathering at the United Nations where ambitious commitments are made but soon forgotten – until the next meeting, when they are made yet again.
Classroom drama and discussion teach young people about HIV in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 28 February 2008 – Every week, activists from Kindlimuka, an association of people living with HIV, visit primary schools in Maputo to discuss with students the ways they can protect themselves against HIV.
Partnering to deliver aid those displaced by floods in the Zambezi valley
MUTARA, Mozambique, 23 January 2008 – With flood waters rising fast over the vast Zambezi valley in Mozambique, it’s a race against time to get help to thousands of people stranded from the floods.
Mozambique campaign aims to distribute 500,000 more nets to fight malaria
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 9 November 2007 – A wide-ranging campaign to distribute over 500,000 mosquito nets is currently under way in 5 of Mozambique’s 10 provinces.
In Mozambique, protecting children and mothers from malaria
XAI XAI, Mozambique, 24 April 2007 – Zaida Alvero tenderly strokes the forehead of her frail five-month-old baby, Julieta, who lies almost lifeless on a hospital bed in intensive care with a tube inserted in her nose to help her breathe.
Theatre groups spread health messages among Mozambique’s flood victims
SOFALA PROVINCE, Mozambique, 16 March 2007 – There are few sights more pleasing than seeing 100 children’s faces light up with laughter. That the source of their joy is a message of good health and hygiene, dressed up as theatre, only adds to the moment.
Coastal town in Mozambique reeling but on the move after Cyclone Favio
VILANCULOS, Mozambique, 28 February 2007 – Just 48 hours after Tropical Cyclone Favio almost flattened chunks of this tranquil Mozambican coastal town, the people of Vilanculos were on the move – mending roofs, fixing broken power lines, cutting up fallen trees, carting off corrugated roofing and sweeping up debris.
Protecting and educating children affected by floods in Mozambique
SOFALA PROVINCE, Mozambique, 20 February 2007 – Orlando and his family were among the first to arrive at Chupanga Camp, near the town of Caia in Mozambique’s Sofala Province, after the recent floods began.
Paediatric Day Hospital transforms lives of children living with HIV
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 17 January 2007 – In a sunny waiting room decorated with colourful paintings, 14-year-old Leo (not his real name) chats happily with the nurse. But his present disposition belies a difficult past.
Report finds nearly half of all children in Mozambique living in extreme poverty
NEW YORK, USA, 14 December 2006 – Almost half of Mozambique’s 10 million children are living in extreme poverty, according to ‘Childhood Poverty in Mozambique’, a United Nations report released today.
Students help make school more ‘child-friendly’ in Mozambique
ZAMBÉZIA, Mozambique, 18 August 2006 – Fourteen-year-old Esperança Soul holds her head high as she sings a welcome song in the local language to a group of visitors. Her melodic voice carries above that of her fellow students who are gathered in an arid playground surrounded by classrooms in various stages of construction.
‘Child-to-Child’ radio broadcasts HIV/AIDS prevention messages in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 11 April 2006 – The microphones are tested, the tapes are rolling, the countdown begins and the ‘ON AIR’ sign flashes up. It looks like just another normal programme going to air from the marble corridors of Radio Mozambique, in a beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial structure in downtown Maputo.
Children affected by HIV/AIDS meet parliamentarians at Mozambique conference
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 30 March 2006 – Three rows of bright-faced young school girls, with a couple of awkward-looking boys in between, stood eagerly waiting at the entrance of Escola 7 de Setembro in Maputo, Mozambique, each holding a yellow rose wrapped in cellophane.
Community activists help children and families cope with HIV/AIDS in Mozambique
MAPUTO CITY, Mozambique, 2 March 2006 – Playing in his front yard in Maputo, 13-year-old Antonio looks no different from his four younger cousins. He giggles and laughs and talks about being an engineer when he grows up. He wants to build tall buildings one day.
Orphanage and dance company unite for AIDS awareness
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 28 February 2006 - A unique collaboration between an orphanage and one of Africa’s most celebrated dance companies shows how HIV/AIDS messages can be communicated through performance, while at the same time demonstrating the transforming power of art.
Youth-friendly health centre provides treatment and education for Mozambique’s teens
ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE, Mozambique, 8 February 2006 – When 18-year-old Leandra thought she might be pregnant, she went to the local hospital to see a doctor. Frightened and alone, Leandra hadn’t told anyone her secret. She was ready to tell the truth in front of the doctor.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Alessio Boni visits HIV/AIDS projects in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 25 January 2006 – On his first international mission as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Italian actor Alessio Boni visited Mozambique to witness the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on children and left the country a changed man.
Mozambique launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 7 November 2005 – Some 10,000 children joined the First Lady of Mozambique, Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, in kicking off the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Mozambique. President Armando Guebuza and members of the cabinet also attended the colourful launch ceremony in Independence Square in the heart of Maputo.
Mozambique: UNICEF helps keep HIV-positive children alive
CHOKWE, Mozambique, 3 November 2005 - Against a setting sun, beside a traditional thatched hut, a group of women are pounding maize. A typically beautiful African scene. But another all too familiar scene is unfolding too – the women of the extended family are gathering around because a young girl has just buried her mother.
Mozambique holds its largest ever immunization campaign
LIONDE, Gaza Province, Mozambique, 8 September 2005 – From dusty rural villages to exotic tourist towns, the sounds of children screaming in shock after a short jab from a needle, echoed through Mozambique this week as more than two million children lined up in the biggest ever mass immunization campaign in the country.
UNICEF Ireland Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson travels to Mozambique
BEIRA, Mozambique, 1 September 2005 – Long-standing UNICEF Ireland Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson has just returned from his first field visit to Mozambique. He visited Beira, the country’s second largest city, which has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.
Building latrines to save children's lives
MAPUTO, 30 August 2004 – Installing latrines in a school might not seem to be a significant step for protecting children, but in fact it is. Building latrines in schools will increase the likelihood that children will use the latrines instead of open fields that may be close to drinking water sources – thereby helping preserve drinking water quality.
Mosquito nets keep Mozambique's killer at bay
XAI XAI, Mozambique Date -- While HIV/AIDS threatens the lives of tens of millions of Africans, it's malaria that's the top killer of children under the age of five in Mozambique. It has taken the lives of as many as 50,000 Mozambican children each year, as well as endangering pregnant women, who are particularly vulnerable among adults.
Mozambique opens first hospital for HIV-positive children
MAPUTO, 24 May 2004—Mozambique’s first hospital for HIV-positive children was officially opened today, as the country struggles to cope with more than 30,000 children born each year with the virus that leads to AIDS.