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European Commission gives €2million for rehabilitating public facilities hit hardest by Mozambican emergencies, with special focus on children

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 April 2007 – In a strategic move to rehabilitate schools and health facilities in disaster-struck Mozambique, and following a request from the Provincial Government of Inhambane, the European Commission has quickly reprogrammed €2million (US$2.6 million) to benefit children living in the areas most affected by Cyclone Favio.

Hospitals and schools were severely damaged when Cyclone Favio hit the east coast of Mozambique on the 22nd February, just two weeks after flooding further north in the Zambezi Valley forced 160,000 people to seek refuge in temporary camps. The powerful storm damaged an estimated 330 classrooms and 18 health facilities in Inhambane Province.

The funding from the European Commission, which is in addition to €2million made available for emergency interventions through its humanitarian office ECHO, will support the rehabilitation of schools and health facilities in Inhambane Province, particularly in the most affected districts of Vilankulo, Inhassoro, Govuro, and Massinga.

“Local authorities and people affected by the cyclone are working hard to rebuild their communities,” said the Head of UNICEF in Mozambique, Leila Pakkala. “We now urgently need to support and bolster their efforts – that is exactly what these resources from the European Commission allow us to do.”

The funds are part of a joint programme between the Province of Inhambane, the European Commission, FINDER (Investment Fund for Rural Development), sponsored by the German Development Bank (KFW), UNICEF and other development partners to support local authorities in improving public infrastructure and access to public services in the health and education sectors in Inhambane Province.

The active involvement and leadership of provincial and local health and education authorities in every phase of the planning and implementation of the programme is a key aspect of the partnership, in line with the Government’s decentralisation approach towards local governance.

The programme directly contributes to the poverty reduction targets of PARPA II, as it promotes socio-economic development in rural areas, where 70 per cent of the Mozambican population lives, and extreme poverty is most acute.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Constantine, EC Delegation Mozambique, Tel: (+258) 21 481 002; Email
Thierry Delvigne-Jean, UNICEF Mozambique, Tel: (+258)  82 312 1820; Email



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