UNICEF Mozambique Annual Report 2008
Maputo, March 2009 –The year 2008 marked the second year of the 2007-2009 Country Programme of Cooperation during which the Government of Mozambique, UNICEF and partners continued to work in support of the Millennium Development Goals and the three Country Programme priorities: Young Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS.
The main achievements in 2008 are now outlined in the UNICEF Mozambique Annual Report 2008. The report highlights the strong partnerships between the Government, international and national organisations that led to progress in several areas.
In 2008, over 97 per cent of children were reached with an integrated child survival package including vaccination against measles, vitamin A and iodine supplementation, nutrition screening and de-worming as part of two nation-wide Child Health Weeks.
Half a million people in 23 districts gained access to safe drinking water; 1.2 million children received birth certificates; 230,000 primary school children in nearly 500 schools learned in childfriendly school environments; 120,000 orphaned and vulnerable children accessed basic social services; and 1.6 million people in rural communities received key child survival, education and protection messages.
In addition, a number of key partnerships helped to put children’s issues on the national development agenda. In the area of advocacy, a series of Budget Briefs was developed in collaboration with Graca Machel’s Foundation for Community Development to provide an analysis of how the allocation of public resources in the 2009 State Budget proposal would affect the realisation of child rights.
Another area of collaboration included the Global Health Alliance initiatives with the World Bank and the World Health Organisation to support costing of interventions to scale up child and maternal health services.
Public-Private Partnerships also gained momentum with initiatives aiming to leverage corporate resources for women and children in Mozambique.
In line with the Paris Declaration and the Accra Action Plan, the Government and development partners, including UNICEF, continued to strengthen their efforts towards harmonisation, alignment and the adoption of more flexible aid modalities to support the national development agenda. UNICEF continued to engage in the various SWAp fora and will provide financial contribution to the Health and Education Common Fund in 2009.
During the year, the United Nations in Mozambique also made headway in the context of the Delivering as One UN initiative. Eleven joint programmes were developed, with the majority signed by the Government and moving forward in implementation.
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