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Mozambique, 18 April 2016: UN increases support to Government drought response after institutional red alert

The response actions are focused on interventions for food assistance, nutrition, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene of the affected people and improving access to water for livestock at risk.

18 April 2016 – United Nations strengthens its support to emergency response in Mozambique, after the activation of the red alert declared by the Government.

Due to the current drought situation resulting from the climate phenomenon El Niño, the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) estimates that 1.5 million people are affected by “acute food insecurity” and are in need of humanitarian assistance. Rainfall below normal was registered since January in many districts of the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica and Tete, adversely affecting harvesting of maize and other food and cash crops.

“The United Nations is working with the Government to ensure that the humanitarian needs of people affected by drought can be met. Among those affected there are children under 5 years of age and pregnant or lactating women with severe malnutrition, particularly in Sofala and Tete provinces,” said Marcia de Castro, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Mozambique.

Since November 2015, in order to reduce the vulnerability of affected populations, the United Nations in close coordination with the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), SETSAN, provincial governments and NGOs, is providing food assistance, nutritional supplements, agricultural inputs, water supply, sanitation and hygiene services to the affected people, and supporting with assessments in the affected districts.

Thus, agencies, funds and programs of the United Nations mobilized additional resources to continue to implement programs aimed at:

  • Food assistance for the affected populations, address acute malnutrition and provide emergency school feeding (World Food Programme - WFP).
  • Provision of basic water resources, sanitation, hygiene, identification and treatment of malnourished children (United Nations Children’s Fund - UNICEF).
  • Provision of agricultural inputs for the second season of the agricultural season and to improvement of access to water of cattle at risk (Food and Agriculture Organization FAO).
  • Gender based protection, as it is estimated that girls may be exposed to sexual and economic exploitation in the pursuit of alternative livelihoods (UN Women and United Nations Population Fund - UNFPA)
  • Support the integration and development of resilience in response actions to the needs of the population (United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, and the UN agencies involved in the response).

Specifically after the Government’s appeal to the UN in coordination with cooperation partners will work with the Government in mobilizing additional resources estimated at over US$200 million to meet the needs of those affected.

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +258 21 481 100



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