Country Programme 2007-2011
The 2007-2011 UNICEF Country Programme, aligned with the Government and the United Nations planning cycles, was developed in close consultation with children, civil society, donors and other development partners. The programme is a part of the Delivering as One model of the UN in Mozambique, as articulated in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, and contributed directly to the priorities relating to children that were outlined in the country’s second national poverty reduction strategy.
The Country Programme supported national efforts in the areas of Young Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality, Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse, and Public Advocacy and Partnerships for Children’s Rights. It also aimed to accelerate activities to support children living with HIV or made vulnerable by AIDS.
The Country Programme was implemented under the leadership of the Government at the national and sub-national levels, in partnership with UN agencies, other multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners, non-governmental organisations and communities, in order to reduce disparities and ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised children were reached.
Close collaboration with government and non-governmental partners and support from donors led to the achievement of the following results between 2007 and 2011:
- Improved policy and legislative frameworks in the social sectors led to a more protective environment for children.
- Child Health Weeks reached over 3 million children twice a year since 2008 with an integrated child survival package, including vaccination, vitamin A supplementation, deworming and nutrition screening.
- Over two million people in rural and peri-urban areas gained access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
- By 2011, 400,000 children learned in an improved, child friendly school environment in seven disadvantaged districts.
- Over 4.2 million children under the age of 18 received birth certificates.
- Close to 5.6 million people in rural districts of eight provinces were reached with information on the importance of basic education, HIV prevention, and protection against violence, abuse and exploitation.
Floods in the Limpopo basin affected an estimated 30,000 people. UNICEF supported the Government's response with school tents, school kits for displaced students, slabs to make safe and sanitary latrines and water purification solutions.
The 2011 State of the World's Children Report was launched, highlighting the specific situation and vulnerabilities of adolescents.
After the floods, UNICEF helped with the resettlement and integration into new communities of people displaced by flood waters. This work is cross-sectoral and involves a range of interventions from education to health to protection.
In a high-level ceremony in Manica, 282 community leaders from the central provinces of Tete, Manica and Sofala were recognised for their important role in the construction and use of latrines and in the adoption of healthy hygiene habits, which include the total elimination of open defecation in their communities.
Prime Minister Aires Ali launched the nationwide measles vaccination campaign. Over 19,000 health workers organised in 2,400 teams were mobilised and trained to reach over 3.6 million children aged 6 to 59 months during the five days of the intensive campaign.
The Minister of Education, Zeferino Martins, officially launched the Government's "zero tolerance" campaign against violence and abuse of children. The campaign, aimed at helping to change both social norms and individual behaviour, is a joint effort between five line ministries and involves UNICEF and civil society organisations.
The National Institute of Statistics, with the support of UNICEF, launched the updated version of the Social Statistics, Demography and Economics database of Mozambique. This database will be a vital tool to inform decision and policy making throughout the country.
Eduardo Mondlane University launched the course Children's Rights and Journalism Practice: A Rights-Based Perspective. The course, supported by UNICEF, aims to provide students of journalism with an understanding of child rights and equip them with reporting skills that respect children's rights in the media.
UNICEF participated in the annual FACIM international trade fair promoting child-focused corporate social investment across different sectors. The trade fair had exhibitors from more than 30 countries and received tens of thousands of visitors.
UNICEF supported the Ministry of Women and Social Action in holding the first National Seminar on Alternative Care to strengthen the alternative care systems for children without access to direct parental care.
At the third annual Mozambique Best Brands gala organised by market research firm Intercampus/GfK and marketing agency DDB, UNICEF was recognised as the country's premier brand in the Social Action category.
Mozambican artist Neyma, supported by fellow artist Stewart Sukuma, launched the music video "Sofrimento" from her Idiomas album at a mini-concert on UNICEF's premises.