Norway increases support to UNFPA with $3.1 million to safeguard the health and protection needs of conflict-affected women and girls in northern Mozambique [EN/PT] -Mozambique

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Maputo, Mozambique: The Government of Norway and UNFPA (the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency) today signed an agreement for more than $3.1 million (NOK 30,000,000) to strengthen sexual and reproductive health (SSR) and gender-based violence (GBV). ) prevention and response services and systems to meet the immediate and long-term needs of vulnerable women and girls affected by conflict in northern Mozambique. The agreement was signed by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Mozambique, the Hon. Mr. Haakon Gram-Johannessen, and the UNFPA Resident Representative in Mozambique, Bérangère Boëll.

To ensure the most vulnerable are not left behind, the multi-year project (which runs through December 2024) unites immediate service delivery with resilience-building efforts to reduce unmet needs, lower long-term risks and improve development outcomes. The project will support more than 400,000 people, with a focus on women of reproductive age, adolescents, youth and people with disabilities, from host and displaced communities in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa.

“Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are a priority in Norwegian development cooperation and we are therefore pleased to support the important efforts of UNFPA. The right of a person to a healthy body and autonomy, education and health to freely decide who to have sex with and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancies are essential for human development and the achievement of the SDGs”, says the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Mozambique, HE Mr. Haakon Gram-Johannessen.

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Contributing to the Government of Mozambique’s recovery and resilience strategies for the northern region, the project will link humanitarian interventions with systems strengthening and capacity building to ensure continuity of SRH and GBV services through a Peace and Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDPN). that supports long-term sustainable solutions for the northern region.

The project will also increase the use of disaggregated data to identify gaps in service quality, delivery and accessibility, and inform evidence-based policy and decision-making that puts vulnerable women, girls and youth at the forefront. of the implementation.

“One in four people displaced by the conflict are women of reproductive age. Their needs cannot be ignored, and as the conflict continues, their vulnerability and exposure to gender-based violence and related health complications increase dramatically. UNFPA extends its thanks to the Government and people of Norway for their investment in development and peace in the north by prioritizing those who are often left furthest behind: women, girls and youth,” says Resident Representative from UNFPA in Mozambique, Bérangère Boëll.

The ongoing closure of health facilities in eight conflict-affected districts has affected more than half a million people, including displaced women who face a higher risk of complications during childbirth without access to obstetric care, as well as women survivors of violence. who may experience heightened vulnerabilities without immediate access to protection services or post-rape care.

In response, the project will deploy maternal and child health nurses and mobile brigades to provide integrated sexual and reproductive health services; equip restored health facilities with essential supplies; and strengthening referral systems and ‘one-stop shops’ for gender-based violence prevention and response, among other key activities. Globally, Norway is among the top five UNFPA donors and ranks second in contributions to UNFPA core funding in 2021. In Mozambique, UNFPA has maintained years of partnership with Norway with funding for projects focused on response to COVID-19, the recovery from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, the 2017 Population and Housing Census, and a joint United Nations program focused on protecting people with albinism.

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