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Mozambique, 7 March 2017: Japan supports vulnerable families living in drought affected areas

MAPUTO, Mozambque – The Government of Japan is supporting the UNICEF and Government of Mozambique emergency programme to reach vulnerable families living in drought affected areas in Mozambique with US$636,000.

“This generous contribution will help partners provide emergency response interventions in Nutrition, Health, Education, and Protection to 45,500 people, including women and children to address their most urgent needs in the most drought or flood, and conflict affected areas,” UNICEF Representative in Mozambique Marcoluigi Corsi said.

“These planned activities will improve communities’ resilience to disaster and help to improve communities’ response to future disasters. The activities will target the most drought and conflict affected regions, flood and cyclone prone provinces including Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Sofala, Tete, Zambézia and Nampula.”

The contribution will support to strengthen the capacity of key government and civil society partners to respond effectively to the particular needs of vulnerable populations, and will be contributing to efforts fully aligned with the Humanitarian Country Team and Government priority interventions to the critical El Niño and La Niña preparedness and response.

Given the devastating impact of La Niña related events such as the recent floods in Inhambane, Gaza and Sofala, there is an imperative need to strengthen preparedness and response capacities of the most disaster prone provinces as poor preparedness can lead to further deterioration of the crisis as communities have eroded their coping mechanisms and can further hamper critical recovery efforts.

The Government of Japan has historically supported humanitarian action in Mozambique and has been a key contributor to UNICEF, the Government and partners’ effort to respond to the increased needs of vulnerable populations in Mozambique. The contribution of the Government of Japan is critical to ensure that UNICEF is able to upscale its drought, flood and cyclone emergency interventions to reach those most in need. The main collaborating partners in implementing the programme, for 12 months duration, are the Government of Mozambique (MINEDH, MCGAS, INGC), UN agencies, Mozambican Red Cross and Non-Governmental Organisations. Other important partners in the provinces are non-governmental and community based organizations, whose activists will pay home visits to provide health and nutritional guidance and psycho-social support to help vulnerable families cope with the trauma and challenges posed by drought/flood and conflict.

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

 

 
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