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…
26 June 2020

Aid out of Reach: untold stories from people with disabilities

The cyclone and its impact made global headlines. The NGO community reacted fast. More than 400 organisations and 1,000 aid workers were rapidly deployed to the affected areas of Mozambique.  But what happened next remains untold. In partnership with UNICEF, and with financial support from the Government of Norway, Light for the World produced Aid…, João, Isabel and Maria, “When the cyclone started, we were inside the house. I am blind, and my wife cannot walk properly,” said João from Beira, Sofala’s capital. “We had to wait for my youngest son. He carried my wife on his back and went with her to our neighbours’ house to seek shelter. The coconut trees were falling, the area was flooded with water up to the knee,…, The right to protection, People with disabilities have a right to protection in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. But they had great trouble reaching the distribution sites for aid.  “Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any food,” Helena told us.  “Most aid was provided to those people living in resettlement sites. So, people staying at home didn’t receive…, Make sure information is accessible, Children and adults with disabilities felt they did not receive timely or accurate information. Some people with hearing impairments even reported they were given zero warning about the known, approaching cyclone due to inaccessible information. As one representative of a DPO for people who are deaf and have hearing impairments told us: “I heard…, Include disabled people’s organisations, Organisations responding to crises must make the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency response deliberate and purposeful—through planning, human resource and budget allocation. Their advice can help avoid many pitfalls including situations where people with disabilities miss out on food distribution or end up waiting in long lines,…, Some good news, Although there were many shortcomings in the response to Cyclone Idai, some important progress towards supporting people with disabilities during disasters has been made. This includes the creation of a Disability Working Group which now represents people with disabilities in the humanitarian cluster system in Mozambique – including during the…, Practical lessons for the future, Humanitarian groups can learn a lot from the experiences of people with disabilities. Our report lists concrete actions based on those experiences. Fundamental to any solution is gathering data. Women and men, girls and boys with disabilities need to be recognised and quantified – something which doesn’t happen if aid providers don’t know what…, COVID-19 and the way forward, To this day, an emergency situation continues to persist in Mozambique post-Cyclone Idai, and people with disabilities are still suffering. To make matters worse, this population now also faces the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. “We want to tackle barriers people with disabilities face in accessing relief, protection and recovery…
26 June 2020

Getting aid to people with disabilities in times of crisis

When the storm hit, it was terrible but not unexpected. Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on March 15, 2019, ripping through homes and tearing up farmland. Thousands died or were injured. Millions were made homeless. It was devastating for those who survived, but for survivors with disabilities, it was a catastrophe. Like COVID-19, the storm arrived…, 1. Involve disabled people in emergency response efforts, Cyclone Idai showed what happens when organizations of people with disabilities, or DPOs, are left out of the loop. Many people with disabilities said that when it came to getting the supplies they needed, the system failed them. Ensuring the system is strong means asking DPOs to provide technical support during crises, as well as advice when…,  , 2. Train front-line staff to be sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities, It is a given that staff in places where aid is distributed should treat everyone with dignity and understanding. But this was not always the case following Cyclone Idai. Organizations can make some vital adjustments to avoid such indignities. With proper training, staff can be made aware of how to identify women, men, girls, and boys with…, 3. Make sure your communications reach people with disabilities, While researching our report, people with disabilities repeatedly said that they were not told where, when, or how to get food and other emergency aid supplies. Support shouldn’t be left to chance. Aid providers can cut through the confusion by working through existing community structures, like neighborhood heads, to provide information at least…
25 March 2020

Aid out of reach

On 15 March 2019 intense Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near the city of Beira in Sofala province, Mozambique. It brought heavy rain that made rivers overflow their banks, causing enormous damage inland in the days following the cyclone. Idai left a trail of devastation, not only in Mozambique but also in the surrounding countries such as Malawi, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. Thousands of persons perished or were injured, and many millions were displaced, most of which took place in Sofala province. It is estimated that over a hundred thousand women and men, girls, and boys with disabilities were affected by Idai. Humanitarian aid was triggered immediately, with over four hundred organisations joining in the response and over one thousand aid workers being deployed to the affected areas of Mozambique. To coordinate their presence, all actors were organised according to the humanitarian cluster system. Despite the huge international response, only about one thousand women and men, girls, and boys with disabilities received aid during the first month after the cyclone. This is merely one per cent, considering that an estimated total number of one hundred thousand people were aᴀected by the disaster. It therefore seems that humanitarian organisations still fail to address the needs of women and men, girls and boys with disabilities as part of their regular response activities, even though many existing international policy frameworks and conventions explicitly demand this.