Children in Mozambique have a better chance of survival today than a couple of decades ago, but many still contend with food shortages, which can result in malnutrition.
With one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, Mozambique is a country facing many struggles. ChildFund first started working in Mozambique in 2005, and although we have accomplished much during the past eight years, millions of people still live in poverty. One of the greatest challenges families in Mozambique endure every day is malnutrition.
According to UNICEF, almost 21,000 children under the age of 5 in nine provinces across Mozambique were diagnosed with acute to severe malnutrition in 2011. More than 6,660 children had to be hospitalized due to the seriousness of their condition. In 2010, malnutrition accounted for almost 15 percent of all child deaths in Mozambique. More than 70 percent of Mozambique's population lives in rural areas, and many families rely on subsistence farming to survive. However, unpredictable weather and continued droughts have made farming all but impossible in some regions, creating a food shortage.
Often, the most vulnerable families are hit hardest by droughts and flooding. With little income, it is very difficult for families in rural areas to recover from natural disasters, and coupled with food insecurity and the prevalence of diseases like malaria, the cycle of poverty can be extremely challenging to break. Since beginning work in Mozambique in 2005, ChildFund has worked to improve the lives of families in the country's poorest areas and bring hope to children living in the shadow of malnutrition.
Gaining a Foothold
One of the most important aspects of ChildFund's work to combat malnutrition in Mozambique is education. We provide training to families across the country on nutritional awareness and how they can secure enough food to survive. In addition to our nutritional initiatives, we also help mothers understand effective postnatal care for their children and provide immunizations to minimize the spread of transmittable infections and diseases.
Although Mozambique's child mortality rate has fallen dramatically since 1990, there is much to be done to protect children in need and give them a fighting chance. To help us make a difference, please consider sponsoring a child. For just $28 per month, you can help ChildFund provide a child in need with food, basic health care and access to other essential services and give them the hope of a brighter future.