UNICEF Situation Report Mozambique 31Mar - 13 Apr 2007

Situation Report
Originally published


Major Developments

On 5-6 April, a ministerial meeting was held in Chimoio, the capital of Manica province, in order to concretize resettlement plans in the flood affected areas. Participants at the meeting included representatives of the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), provincial and district administrators of the affected areas and members of the IASC Mozambique Humanitarian Country Team. The main recommendations from the meeting included the following: provincial governments are responsible for carrying out the resettlement process, in line with detailed action plans; the resettlement process should be completed by 31 July, with the demarcation of plots being completed by 30 April; volunteers including students and military personnel should be trained to support the process of plot demarcation; and community leaders should lead the process. The INGC will continue to play the role of facilitating logistical support to any complementary humanitarian activities.

Also on 5 April in Chimoio, a meeting entitled 'HIV/AIDS and disaster: a double emergency' was chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by several Ministers, Vice-Ministers, provincial Governors and Municipality representatives. The meeting was organised by the National AIDS Council (CNCS), with two main objectives: (1) to launch an emergency HIV/AIDS programme to support HIV/AIDS projects in the flood and cyclone affected areas, funded by the CNCS Secretariat through the Common Fund. Five provinces will be targeted by this programme (Tete, Manica, Sofala, Zambezia and Inhambane); and (2) to renew the commitment of provincial Governors in the central region to fight HIV/AIDS. During the meeting, all four Governors of the central provinces signed a joint document entitled "Despacho Conjunto para a Actuação Estratégica Nacional de Combate ao HIV/SIDA, nas Províncias de Sofala, Manica, Tete e Zambézia". The document highlights five areas in which actions will be given priority by the provincial authorities, namely: (1) coordination; (2) home based care and treatment; (3) nutrition for PLWHA; (4) child protection; and (5) prevention among children and young people.

The team conducting the Inter-Agency Real-Time Evaluation (IA-RTE) aimed at evaluating the emergency response in both flood and cyclone affected areas began work on 1 April. The team members travelled to the affected areas, where they met with the INGC, the UN team and various other cluster partners. In addition, the team has visited a number of accommodation centres/2001 resettlement areas in Sofala, Zambezia and Tete.

Tropical Cyclone Favio

Needs Assessment

With the transition to the rehabilitation phase underway, focus is being placed on the rehabilitation of infrastructure and essential services damaged or destroyed by the cyclone.

UNICEF Response

The agreement has now been signed by UNICEF, the Provincial Government of Inhambane and the European Commission for a programme of rehabilitation for schools and health facilities affected by Cyclone Favio. The 2,000,000 Euro programme, funded mainly by the EU, will help to meet the needs of the most vulnerable schools and health centres across the province, with a focus on cyclone affected districts. Initiatives under the programme will include the provision of education kits, black boards, desks and other school materials; construction materials for the rehabilitation of the most damaged schools; and in the health sector the provision of basic health kits, malaria kits, telecommunications equipment, and ambulances and motorcycles for mobile health assistance.