unicef mozambique
annual report

Building Resilience.

I have pleasure to share with you the 2016 annual report which is told through the stories of Mozambicans. Each of our programme areas is introduced by children who participate as child radio producers, a vibrant programme at Radio Mozambique that is supported by UNICEF and involves around 1,600 of child reporters throughout the country.

unicef mozambique annual report 2016

You will also hear the stories of some of the most vulnerable women and children – orphans, children in remote rural areas and poor urban areas. For example, you will hear the voices of a mother who lost children and had a high-risk pregnancy, and a mother living with HIV who recently tested her baby for HIV (fortunately, like most babies whose mothers adhere to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programme, the baby tested HIV negative). You will also hear from a mother who now enjoys running water in her home for the first time; mothers who have learnt how to treat their malnourished children; a child victim of sexual violence who is determined to study; a girl who returned to school following an early pregnancy; and children from some of the poorest families who are being supported to access their basic rights.

You will hear how they were assisted last year, often by Mozambicans in their community with support from the government, UNICEF and other partners. Importantly, you will hear how these mothers and their children have become more resilient and motivated to confront and overcome the huge challenges they face. Their stories are told in the context of the reality in Mozambique where, despite the progress made since 1990, the recent debt crisis, security challenges and drought have put pressure on many families who still struggle to access essential services, notably healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as education. Children in rural areas and in poor urban areas are particularly vulnerable, yet they are not giving up, and with the vital support they receive are motivated to push ahead for a better future. We must continue to support them in this effort.
- Marcoluigi Corsi, UNICEF Mozambique Representative


unicef mozambique 2016 annual report

Six months ago, Belamina Judith, a community health worker, received an emergency phone call from Antonio Manuel. His wife, Hortencia, was expecting twins and had gone into labour before she had a chance to reach the hospital.


unicef mozambique 2016 annual report

Raquel Meque, 19, a mother of a 4-year-old girl and a 1-month-old baby boy, realises how dangerous malnutrition is. She remembers how last year her daughter, Vina, got sick and her legs began to swell.


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Last year, Isabel, a mother of six, had been prepared for another long, anxious wait to find out the HIV status of her baby, Tomas. She remembers how, in 2007, it took three months for her second child’s HIV test result to be sent to her local clinic.


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Last year (2015), Veronica Nhamassa, 25, had running water in her home for the first time in her life. She lives with her husband and 19-month-old daughter Eulisia in a one-bedroom home in the peri-urban area of Jangamo, in the arid southern province of Inhambane.


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Jeni Tito, 14, says she found it difficult to attend school on an empty stomach and without school materials and school uniform. So, last year, when she started a relationship with a boy and got pregnant, she decided to drop out of school.


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Fatima’s face lights up with a charming smile when she greets Raquel, a pseudonym used by the psychologist who is visiting Fatima in her new home in the heart of Mozambique’s bustling capital, Maputo.


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Antonio, 43, a father of six children, needed no encouragement to talk about his experience live on the radio as long as he did not have to give his name. “I wanted to tell my story so others could learn from my mistake,” he says, looking a little embarrassed.


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There is compassion in the rural home of Julieta Lavuleque, a 58-year-old widow. She has been looking after her three grandchildren, Rosalina, 13, Angelina, 10, and Arselia, 7, ever since the death of their mother five years ago.


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Although last year’s drought was probably the worst in 30 years, some provinces suffer recurrent drought each year, and we need to support these communities to become more resilient.


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“The children had faced so many difficulties in their lives; some had been abused, others abandoned, but despite their traumas, they played and laughed with us. It moved me” — Shelsia, 14.