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Mozambique, 9 December 2016: Italy supports HIV national programme

Mozambique has the third largest burden of HIV-positive pregnant women in sub Saharan Africa. Currently, the country has the eighth highest HIV prevalence in the world.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 9 December 2016 – The Italian government, through its Agency for Development Cooperation is supporting the UNICEF and Government of Mozambique programme that aims to reduce HIV infection in children and increase coverage of HIV treatment for children and adolescents. This will contribute to the IV National Strategic Plan for the HIV Response in Mozambique.

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The Project Agreement was signed today by the Ambassador of Italy in Mozambique, H.E. Marco Conticelli, and UNICEF Representative, Mr. Marcoluigi Corsi. Under the agreement, the Italian government will support HIV/AIDS prevention and treament services with a contribution of USD 1,500,000 (EUR 1,345,500).

With the Government of Italy’s support to HIV prevention and treatment, activities will improve both the quality and coverage of health services on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and treatment services for pregnant women, infants exposed to the virus, HIV positive children and adolescents. Additionally, systems will be improved to assist pregnant women and children access the necessary treatment, in particular in areas where access to health facilities is a challenge.

According to the latest data Mozambique has the third largest burden of HIV-positive pregnant women in sub Saharan Africa. Currently, the country has the eighth highest HIV prevalence in the world with one in ten people being affected. HIV prevalence is 40 per cent higher in women than men and adolescent girls are three times more likely to be infected by the virus than an adolescent boy.

This programme is aligned with the global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and SDG 5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

In Mozambique, UNICEF supports the government’s health sector towards eliminating preventable child mortality. UNICEF focuses on reducing newborn mortality that currently represents more than one-third of all child deaths and improving performance in under-served communities to ensure that all children may benefit from Mozambique’s growth.

Similarly, UNICEF supports the Government to improve wider coverage of child health interventions, including treatment of acute malnutrition as well as expansion of the health system including national roll-out of the community health worker (APE) programme, currently reaching over one-half of communities located more than 8 km for existing health facilities.

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Fauvrelle, Tel +258 21 481 100, email: cfauvrelle@unicef.org

 

 
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