Washington, United States | AFP | Friday 11/14/2014 - 01:40 GMT
by Jo Biddle
In the coming weeks, Mozambique, once one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, will mark a historic milestone and proudly declare itself free of the deadly scourge.
Gone will be the deep-seated fear of generations in the southeast African nation that one wrong step could spell disaster.
New treatment sites reduce transportation costs, deaths
Oct. 2014—Access to lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV continues to be a major obstacle in Mozambique, where many rural clinics do not offer this service. Patients must travel long distances to health centers offering ART, incurring transportation costs to receive medicine and attend check-up visits. This leads to poor adherence to ART, withdrawal from treatment, and preventable deaths.
The MCC compact with Mozambique approved a five-year investment (2008-2013) program of $506.9 million in four project areas. Of this budget amount, excluding administration and monitoring and evaluation costs, a total of $447.1 million of compact funds was disbursed in the following project areas by the September 23, 2013 compact end date: 1) Water Supply and Sanitation ($200.2m), 2) Rehabilitation/Construction of Roads ($136.8m), 3) Land Tenure Services ($39.5m), and 4) Farmer Income Support ($18.9m).
MAPUTO – Farm animals and low-tech equipment – including ox carts, animal-drawn ploughs and bicycles – are to be delivered to smallholder farmers in Manica and Tete Provinces by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The purchase of the machinery has been made possible by a donation of some US$54,000 from USAID.
A ceremony to mark the event is being held today, 17 September, in Bárue with the Provincial Governor, district authorities, aid agencies and members of local farmers’ associations in attendance.
USAID’s project, Clinical HIV/AIDS System Strengthening (CHASS), has carried-out several vehicles’ transfer events in the provinces of Niassa, Sofala, Tete and Manica during August 2013. These deliveries aim at supporting each Provincial Health Directorate in the provision of medical supplies such as antiretroviral drugs, HIV tests, reagents, and medicines and consumables for other health services, such as maternal and child health and malaria.
Mozambique - L'OIM au Mozambique a réceptionné du matériel de construction d'abris d'urgence donné par le gouvernement américain pour plus de 5 000 familles touchées dans la province de Zambézia.
Plus de 67 000 personnes ont été touchées lorsque le cyclone Funso s'est abattu sur la province mi-janvier. Quelque 4 000 familles ont vu leurs maisons complétement détruites et 8 000 autres sérieusement endommagées.
IOM Mozambique has taken delivery of emergency shelter materials donated by the US government for over 5,000 cyclone-affected families in Zambézia Province.
Over 67,000 people were affected when tropical cyclone Funso hit the province in mid-January. Some 4,000 families saw their homes completely destroyed and another 8,000 homes were left badly damaged.
The US donation, which arrived in Maputo on Friday on a US-chartered 747, included enough plastic sheeting to provide shelter for 5,000 families, as well as roofing for 200 classrooms and health clinics.
Eric Gooseby, the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, reaffirmed on Wednesday in Maputo, the commitment of his country to turn the tide in Mozambique’s effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
“The United States has been committed for many years to supporting the plans for addressing HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, seeking every opportunity to combine our own resources with those of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”, he said in a press conference held after a meeting with President Armando Guebuza, as part of a three day visit to the country.
By Kathryn McConnell | Staff Writer | 15 March 2011
Washington — Mozambique has lots of fertile land and access to the region’s major rivers. Yet the country imports most of its food, much of it from its neighbor South Africa. Many Mozambicans cannot afford the imported food.
An agricultural collaboration among the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the government of Mozambique is set to bolster the country’s farm sector.