Mozambique has one of
the highest child mortality rates in the world. Although much progress has been
made and conditions are considerably better than they were 20 years ago, far too
many children die every day from preventable illnesses.
A Struggle for Life
Approximately 70 percent of Mozambique's
population lives below the poverty line. For every 1,000 children born in
Mozambique, an average of 104 will die, making infant mortality one of the most
urgent problems facing the country today. According to UNICEF, around
86,000 newborn babies die before their first birthday, and an additional
38,000 die before the age of 5, the equivalent of almost 340 child deaths per
Preventable illnesses account for a large
percentage of child deaths in Mozambique. Malaria contributes to more than a
third of deaths among infants in the country, and other conditions such as acute
respiratory infections, diarrhea and other diseases that are preventable with
vaccinations also pose great risks.
Compounding the problem is malnutrition, which
affects many mothers and children. According to UNICEF, 44 percent of children
under age 5 in Mozambique are stunted. Nutritional deficiency plays a large part
in the spread of disease, which in turn has a devastating effect on the east
African nation's child mortality rate. Mozambique also has a high rate of HIV
and AIDS infections; more than 1 million people have tested positive.
Without help, families in this struggling country
will continue to lose children to preventable diseases.
Every Step of the Way
According to UNICEF, around 40 percent of women
in Mozambique become pregnant before the age of 20. Poor neonatal care and a
lack of education place the lives of children and young mothers at risk. One of
the best ways to reduce the rate of child mortality is by providing emergency
obstetric care, especially in rural areas where access to health care is
ChildFund has worked in
Mozambique since 2005, providing mothers education focusing on pre- and
postnatal care. We work to ensure that people in rural communities have access
to nutritional information, enabling them to make good choices regarding their
One of the best ways you can help ChildFund make
a difference in Mozambique is by sponsoring
a child. For just $28 per month — less than $1 per day — you can help a
child at risk of disease and malnutrition receive access to lifesaving
medications and basic education that give him or her a chance to live a
rewarding and healthy life.
As such, providing emergency obstetric care to
mothers is one of the best ways to reduce child mortality, especially in rural
areas where access to even basic medical facilities is extremely limited.
Knowledge is Power
Education is an important part of the fight
against child poverty and death. Thanks to the aid and generosity of our
supporters, ChildFund has been able to invest in Early Childhood Development
Centers in Mozambique, where children receive developmental support in a safe
"Children used to sit on the ground. We didn't
have a blackboard or chalk," said Machava, a 32-year-old community leader who
teaches Portuguese and math. "Also, they were exposed to bad people. Now they
are safe and secure in the center."
To help us bring hope to the communities of
Mozambique, please consider sponsoring a child or making a donation to our Children's
Greatest Needs program.