Nourishing the Future of Mozambique
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
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.
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.