Field visit to the central provinces by UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch and Dutch parliamentary delegation
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 22 August 2011 - Between August 17 and 22, UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch is visiting the central provinces of Sofala, Manica and Tete. During the first part of the visit, the representative visited a rural village in a remote part of Tsangano district in Tete province, near the border with Malawi, to observe the rural water drilling program implemented under the One Million Initiative. The village is almost inaccessible and can only be reached by car during the dry season.During the visit to the village, the representative met with the district administrator and employees of a Mozambican-South African private drilling company contracted to drill boreholes under the program.
The representative also visited the facilities at the Tsangano District Hospital and met with hospital staff. Later, to recognize the work undertaken by an Open Defecation Free (ODF) community in Angonia district, the representative inaugurated a classroom built within the One Million Initiative. Jesper also visited a Rio Tinto resettlement center in Mwaladzi in Maoteze district.
During the two last days of the visit, August 21 and 22, Jesper and other UNICEF staff accompanied Ms. Frédérique de Man, the Dutch Ambassador to Mozambique, and a group of seven Dutch parliamentarians on field visits to development projects in Manica and Sofala supported by the Dutch and Mozambican Governments, as well as by UNICEF.
The parliamentarians are members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Dutch parliament and represent six different parties spread across the political spectrum.
The visit will have offered them an opportunity to observe Dutch funded development efforts in practice and to interact with development partners such as UNICEF and FIPAG.
Today, the focus of the parliamentarian visit is on social protection programs, and the politicians are accompanied by Government and UNICEF staff on field visits to child headed households in Sofala and are also being given an introduction to the nationwide birth registration program.
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Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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