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Mozambique, 28 June 2013: Koenraad Vanormelingen appointed UNICEF Mozambique Representative

© UNICEF/Leonie Marinovich
"Mozambique has made progress in children's health and education, thanks in part to UNICEF support" says Dr. Vanormelingen.

Maputo, 28 June 2013 - The Government of Mozambique has accepted the appointment of Dr. Koenraad Vanormelingen as the new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to the country.

"Mozambique has made progress in children's health and education, thanks in part to UNICEF support" said Dr. Vanormelingen during the appointment ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. "More families are benefiting from clean water and environmental sanitation in rural and peri-urban areas. Mother-to-child HIV transmission is decreasing and malaria and other major causes of deaths of children and women in the country are being dealt with. Mozambican children and vulnerable populations are increasingly provided protection against violence and abuse. And in the midst of devastating natural disasters, UNICEF is supporting government and partners to ensure children and families are given the assistance they need. With a final push over the next 1,000 days, we must now move more resolutely, and together, toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals."

Previously, Dr. Vanormelingen has served as UNICEF Representative in Angola (2009-2013) and the Republic of Congo Brazzaville (2006-2009). He has also served as Head of Health and Nutrition in UNICEF China (2003-2006) and Nigeria (2000-2003). Before that he was senior health advisor in UNICEF HQ and worked in Ecuador and the Democratic Republic of Congo as a public health specialist for the Belgian Cooperation. Born in Kasenga, Congo, in 1954, Dr. Vanormelingen is of Belgian nationality. A Medical Doctor by training, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine. Dr. Vanormelingen is married, has three children and two grandchildren.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Nakell, UNICEF Mozambique
Tel: +258 82 312 1820; Email:

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique
Tel. (+258) 21 481 100; Email:



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