This project seeks to reduce the number of girls and boys under five years of age dying from malaria and measles, two of the biggest issues affecting child survival in Mozambique. This project assists the Government of Mozambique’s Ministry of Health to deliver targeted health interventions: (i) measles prevention for 3.9 million children, through a nationwide measles vaccination campaign for children under five; and (ii) malaria prevention for 600,000 families, through mass distribution of bed nets in three provinces. The project capitalizes on UNICEF’s expertise and capacity to accelerate child survival in Mozambique, the country with the 31st highest under-five mortality rate in the world.
Results achieved as of March 2014 include: (1) 4.8 million doses of measles vaccines, injection syringes and vaccine carriers were procured and benefited more than 4 million children under the age of five, who received the vaccines during National Health Week carried out by the Mozambican Ministry of Health in December 2013; and (2) nearly 750,000 bed nets were distributed to families in 13 districts of Niassa and Gaza provinces reaching over 1.5 million people, including more than 260,000 children under the age of five.
These results are contributing towards increased delivery of key preventative services and treatment for childhood diseases by the Ministry of Health.