17 January 2024

Cross-cutting approaches

The following cross-cutting priorities have relevance across UNICEF’s Country Programme in Mozambique: Early Childhood Development, Adolescent Programming, Innovation, Gender and Disability, and Climate. UNICEF pursues a holistic approach, ensuring integration of these priorities within programming in the country., EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT, UNICEF works with all sectors influencing early childhood development, including health, nutrition, WASH, and education, among others, to assist in holistic programming for ensuring children’s healthy early development. UNICEF prioritizes: Promoting nurturing care through the Nurturing Care Framework: The Nurturing Care Framework, developed by WHO…, ADOLESCENT PROGRAMMING, PROGRAMAÇÃO PARA ADOLESCENTES em Moçambique Adolescence is a critical period for individual development, one that is characterized by important transitions. Many lifelong habits are formed during this period which shape future health, social and economic outcomes. Adolescents (aged 10-18) represent nearly 25 per cent of Mozambique’s population,…, Story: Children and Adolescents get a Voice on Radio and Television, As crianças e os adolescentes ganham voz na rádio e na televisão Children and adolescents face a world of challenges and issues that are particular to their specific stage in life, and there’s no one better suited to discuss these than the children and adolescents themselves. For many years, UNICEF has been partnering with radio and television…, INNOVATION, Inovação para jovens em Moçambique Innovation and digital transformation are key change strategies through which UNICEF accelerates results for children and young people across different sectors. In this area, UNICEF is working to support the different ministries and agencies of the Government of Mozambique on a number of important initiatives:…, GENDER, GÉNERO em Moçambique The persistence of unequal gender social norms influences household and community power dynamics, limiting access to, and control of, resources for women and girls. This restricts the agency of women and girls to make strategic choices regarding their lives and health (including sexual and reproductive health), while hampering…, DISABILITY, Deficiência em Moçambique UNICEF’s CPD includes strong focus on disability as a crosscutting issue which will be mainstreamed across both development and humanitarian programming. UNICEF will focus on a twin-track approach to mainstreaming disability inclusive approaches across programming while focusing on target priorities within the disability-…, CLIMATE, Clima em Moçambique Despite being responsible for only 0,01 per cent of the world’s cumulative Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Mozambique is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and ranks 10th on UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI). Mozambique’s geographic location in the inter-tropical convergence zone, its 2,470 km-long…, Story: SMSbiz gives youth a place to ask everything they can’t discuss with their parents, O SMSbiz oferece aos jovens um espaço para perguntarem tudo o que não podem discutir com os pais “When should I start having sex? What if I haven’t started menstruating? How do I use a condom?” Adolescents in Mozambique have many questions about puberty, intimacy, and sexual and reproductive health, but not many people they can ask for reliable…
15 January 2024

Protection against violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect, and harmful practices

Protecting children and adolescents from violence in both humanitarian and development settings is an important shared priority for UNICEF and the Government of Mozambique. Humanitarian crises, including conflicts and climate-related disasters, place children at heightened risk of all forms of violence. Risks include emotional and psychosocial…, THE CHALLENGES, Violence against girls, boys, and women: : In 2019, 1 in 7 females (14.3 per cent) and 1 in 12 males (8.4 per cent) reported having experienced sexual violence before age 18. Nearly 1 in 4 girls (23.9 per cent) and more than 1 in 3 boys (34.1 per cent) reported having experienced physical violence before age 18. Lack of birth registration and…, Story: Linha Fala Criança – the Child Helpline, Linha Fala Criança – a linha telefónica de apoio à criança UNICEF’s experience shows that emergencies require comprehensive responses that protect children as they undergo complex, multidimensional crises. With the aim of strengthening its response in Cabo Delgado, which has experienced conflict and insecurity, UNICEF has opened a new office in…, WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN?, Jovens e adolescentes em Moçambique Strengthening systems for child protection: To deliver quality services, child protection systems need to be strengthened. This will require prioritization of social welfare and justice systems and focus on strengthening linkages with other sectors that are essential to positive child protection outcomes,…, Story: Special police ‘cabinet’ brings justice for victims of domestic violence, O "gabinete" especial da polícia faz justiça às vítimas de violência doméstica In 2009, Mozambique passed a law (19/209) against domestic violence that protects children and vulnerable people. The same year also saw the establishment of a designated office at the Monapo district police station to assist families and minor victims of violence:  the…, UNICEF’S RESPONSE, uma família moçambicana sorrindo With the support of partners, UNICEF works to ensure that children and adolescents in all situations are better protected. UNICEF supports the Government of Mozambique to strengthen child protection systems, including through support for specialized courts for children, building capacities of justice professionals…
15 January 2024

Learning and Skills for the future

The Government of Mozambique has taken important positive steps to promote access to education. In 2018, it passed a revised education law that extended the duration of mandatory, free education from seven to nine years. The Government has also adopted ambitious national strategies to promote inclusive education, so that children with special…, THE CHALLENGES, Lack of access to early education: Less than 4 per cent of children under 5 years of age access early learning services in Mozambique. There is a significant urban-rural disparity, with children aged 3-5 years living in urban areas twice as likely to have attended preschool as those living in rural areas. Low rates of net school enrolment and…, WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN?, A insegurança no norte do país deixou muitas crianças sem acesso à escola no norte de Moçambique. As organizações humanitárias precisam de cerca de 23 milhões de dólares americanos para satisfazer as necessidades humanitárias relacionadas com a educação no país. For every child to learn and acquire skills for the future… Access to education…, Story: Building back better at Sambazo primary school, Reconstruir melhor na escola primária de Sambazo The primary school at Sambazo in Dondo district was destroyed three times – by Cyclone Idai in 2019, tropical storm Chalane in 2020, and tropical cyclone Eloise in 2021. Now, says school director Henrique Tomo, it has been rebuilt to withstand the forces of nature and ensure children will be able to…, UNICEF’S RESPONSE, A RESPOSTA DO UNICEF NA EDUCAÇÃO EM MOÇAMBIQUE With support from partners, UNICEF works closely with the Government of Mozambique to strengthen education service provision. UNICEF prioritizes: Supporting implementation of the Education Strategic Plan and the Inclusive Education and Development of Children with Disabilities Strategy for 2020-2029…, Story: A second chance at education, História: Uma segunda oportunidade na educação When conflict began in 2017, the Nahavara primary school took in 524 displaced children. “At the beginning, it was not too difficult to integrate the students,” says school director Lopes Abibo. But now, the school has grown far beyond its capacity – last year, it went from 2,000 students to 3,880…
12 January 2024

Survive and Thrive

Commitment and investment in child health, nutrition and well-being have yielded important positive results for children in Mozambique in recent decades. Infant and child mortality have fallen and coverage of key services including immunization had increased. Yet with COVID-19 and other shocks affecting systems, much progress has been reversed…, THE CHALLENGES, High maternal, neonatal, infant and child mortality rates: Mozambique’s newborn mortality rate is high, at 28 deaths per 1,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate is also high, at 452 deaths per 100,000 live births. Persistent undernutrition: In 2020, 74 per cent Mozambicans were living in severe or moderate chronic food insecurity (FAO  [i…, Story: Maputo Central Hospital sets a new standard for saving newborns in Mozambique, UNICEF/MOZA2023-02552/Julie Pudlowski Ines Feliciano’s daughter was born premature, underweight and with complications in Hospital Geral de Mavalane in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, but the hospital didn’t have the neonatal intensive care facilities needed to save the baby. The mother and child were transferred to Maputo Central Hospital, where…, WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN?, UNICEF Moçambique/2022/Julie Pudlowski For more children to survive: Health systems – especially at the sub-national level, in areas experiencing humanitarian emergencies and in other particularly vulnerable communities – require strengthened systems for accountability, evidence-based planning, human resource management, and health worker capacity…, Story: Youth-friendly services and mobile HIV testing in Nhamatanda, Story: Youth-friendly services and mobile HIV testing in Nhamatanda Ten years ago, Josephina was a pregnant adolescent when she tested positive for HIV. Her mother, a health outreach worker, referred her to SAAJ, a programme providing adolescent and youth-friendly services. During her first consultation, nurse Catia Moraj explained everything,…, Story: Saving lives by treating acute malnutrition, Saving lives by treating acute malnutrition Hortenzia Andre is happily munching on a banana as she waits for her monthly health check at Namagoa Health Center in Nambilane, Lugela district in Zambezia province. Her grandmother, Ramiza, walked more than two hours on this hot November morning, with Hortenzia on her back, to make sure the girl made…, UNICEF’S RESPONSE, With support from partners, UNICEF works closely with the Government of Mozambique to strengthen health systems, especially at the subnational level. UNICEF prioritizes: With support from partners, UNICEF works closely with the Government of Mozambique to strengthen health systems, especially at the subnational level. UNICEF prioritizes:   For…, Story: Tackling undernutrition in displaced children- the double burden of stunting and wasting, Tackling undernutrition in displaced children- the double burden of stunting and wasting The nutrition situation of women and young children in Cabo Delgado in 2022 has significantly deteriorated due to underlying risk factors in conflict-affected districts, and a busy cyclone season in Northern Mozambique. The 2022 SMART survey results showed a…
17 April 2019

What we do

OUR WORK IN MOZAMBIQUE, For almost 50 years, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in Mozambique, to reach the most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. With a strong presence in the most vulnerable provinces in Mozambique, Zambezia and Nampula, we work for every child, everywhere, every…, OUR HISTORY IN MOZAMBIQUE, UNICEF has supported Mozambique for almost four decades. During this time, the country has been faced with numerous significant challenges including war, post-conflict recovery and peace-building, poverty, recurrent natural disasters and the surge of HIV and AIDS. In the late 1960s, UNICEF began cooperating with pro-independence movements in the…, OUR PARTNERSHIPS IN MOZAMBIQUE, UNICEF Embaixadora Nacional Neyma Partnerships and collaborative relationships are critical to delivering results for healthy children and realizing their rights. For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been engaging with a broad range of organizations from both public and non-public stakeholders, including children, government entities, civil society…, Celebrity partnerships, Celebrities working and collaborating with UNICEF have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to use their professional prestige, celebrity status, and influence in the artistic world, in the media, and among their large fan base, to promote behaviour a change and advocate for the children’s rights. Over the…, Private sector, In the current Mozambique environment of a fast-growing economy, the private sector has been having an increasingly critical role in supporting and shaping the national social development agenda.  Both the Government and the private sector are actively promoting Public-Private Partnerships and improved workplace policies in areas such as education…, Civil Society Organizations, UNICEF partners with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) providing resources and technical expertise to engage in dialogue with the government using a variety of tools such as public debates, workshops, roundtables, and production and dissemination of policy papers on child rights aimed at influencing the decision-making process.  UNICEF supports…