The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says it needs $98.8 million to fund its 2022 humanitarian projects in Mozambique.

UNICEF is aiming to reach 283,160 children with vitamin A supplementation, 262,740 children with educational services, and 209,000 children/caregivers with mental health and psychosocial support.

UNICEF noted that it will also provide 700,000 people with access to sufficient quantity of safe water.

The $98.8 million will also be used to prepare for the high risk of climatic events in the country and address the needs of 1.2 million people, according to the UN agency.

‘The humanitarian situation in Mozambique is critical, particularly in Cabo Delgado where nearly 856,0002 people, including 414,2723 children, have been displaced and are in need of humanitarian assistance’, UNICEF said in a statement.

‘In addition, 363,0004 people in the province are at risk of food insecurity (IPC crisis level three or above) and [Covid-19] continues to deepen vulnerabilities of affected population, particularly in health, education and nutrition.

‘The response includes capacity building, system strengthening, reinforcement of community-based structures and provision of key supplies in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Zambezia and Manica provinces. UNICEF will also strengthen its work in reporting, monitoring and responding to grave violations against children’.

The southern African nation has faced cyclones, conflict and Covid-19 in the last two years, affecting hundreds of thousands of children and caregivers.

Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado has been plagued by the rise of violent extremism since 2017.

Source: UNICEF

Photo source: UN Mozambique/Helvisney Cardoso

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