UNICEF Mozambique Annual Report 2020
In 2020, UNICEF support enabled more than 2.5 million young children to receive essential health services and 284,471 people to gain access to safe water.
2020 was an exceptionally difficult year for children in Mozambique. Just months after Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth – two of the most powerful storms to ever hit the continent – devastated huge swaths of central and northern Mozambique, the country faced a fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, amidst a rapidly deteriorating and brutal conflict in Cabo Delgado Province.
Over 230,000 children were forced to flee their homes due to violence and insecurity in the north. At least 8.5 million children stopped going to school because of nationwide COVID-19 closures. The economic impact of COVID-19 was especially harsh on the poor, who represent 46 per cent of the population and were already struggling to meet children’s basic needs.
In response to the multiple crises, UNICEF continued supporting key initiatives to promote child survival, development, well-being and protection. Our staff quickly adapted to the constantly changing operational modalities imposed by COVID-19, while working tirelessly to support vulnerable children in Mozambique.