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The humanitarian situation in Northern Mozambique has significantly deteriorated in 2020 with escalating armed conflict and increasing violence towards civilians.

The insurgency attacks at the end of March 2021 escalated a new wave of displacement and over 60,000 people have  fled violence in Palma. 

As of May 2021, it is estimated that there are 800,000 displaced people across Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula provinces, and 1.3 million people, including 689,000 children, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Video published March 2021
Our team is focused on supporting the most vulnerable children and families in displaced and host communities.

We have provided life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to affected communities and families, and reached more than 148,000 people, including over 86,000 children, through programmes for protection, sanitation, health and food security.

With your support, we helped children in Mozambique to survive and recover from two devastating cyclones - find out more about our cyclones response

Poverty is a defining factor of many Mozambican children’s lives. 

Fewer than half of Mozambique’s children now in first grade will finish grade five. Their cognitive development, their ability to solve problems, and their social and emotional skills are all crippled by poverty. To help children in a way that is lasting requires a concerted, integrated approach. That’s why we’ve put early childhood development at the heart of our work in Mozambique – to make sure children get the right start.

We're also helping young people who are HIV positive. Our hundreds of community activists provide the vital care and support they need, from helping them get anti-retroviral drugs to providing food and care. And our model of newborn care and community participation has contributed to the Ministry of Health’s strategy for newborns, which we are helping to roll out across the country.

Page last updated July 2021

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