In Mozambique, HI works to improve access to and ensure the quality of education for children with disabilities. The programme also promotes reproductive and sexual health for teenagers, including young people with disabilities.
Benfica Nova Primary School is an inclusive school. HI accompanies the teachers through specialized training. | © S. Roche / HI
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HI Mozambique promotes access to quality education for children with disabilities. It assesses teachers’ training needs and proposes complementary modules on inclusive education. The programme works directly with schools to make them fully inclusive and demonstrate the positive impact of a system that includes and encourages children with disabilities. It also carries out repairs and renovation on schools damaged by natural disasters.
HI Mozambique works to improve access to sexual reproductive health, rights and services for teenagers. The programme prioritises the most underserved women and girls, especially those under the age of 20, the very poor and the most excluded. Our teams train community relays and health professionals to strengthen their knowledge and skills.
In collaboration with our partners, HI also promotes better access to rehabilitation care and mental health and psychosocial support services. Our teams train health professionals, organise awareness-raising sessions and support parents of children at risk. They also help to identify people with disabilities and provide solutions such as mobility aids.
Lastly, to improve access to effective hygiene services and reduce the risk of waterborne diseases, HI helps assess existing systems and trains local partners and professionals in good practices. The programme adopts an inclusive approach that takes into account the specific needs of people with disabilities, such as when building accessible latrines.
Situation of the country
Since the 1992 peace agreements put an end to 25 years of civil war, Mozambique has pursued extensive political, economic and administrative reforms.
The country’s economic growth has been strongly supported by the international community and private-sector investment in a favourable political context. The government’s aim is to reduce its dependency on international aid, but there are still major obstacles to achieving stable growth, such as the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, a worrying public health situation and a very low level of education. In recent years, Mozambique has been one of the fastest growing countries in Africa, but a high percentage of the population still lives below the poverty line.
The country’s climate is tropical to subtropical, with high temperatures on the coast for much of the year. Its geographical position exposes it to cyclones, which can sweep across the land causing destruction to homes, fields and vital infrastructure. This was the case in March 2019 with cyclone Idai and in March 2022 with Hurricane Gombe.
Relations between the main parties to the civil war have improved since 2019. The peace process is ongoing and concessions are being made to increase the level of independence of provinces and municipalities. However, active armed groups who are not party to the peace process continue to pose a threat to the civilian population.
Until recently, Mozambique was among the most heavily mined countries in the world. When it joined the Ottawa Treaty in 1998, the government committed itself to making the country mine-free by 2014. This objective was met in 2015, thanks in part to HI's support of mine victims and demining operations.
Number of HI staff members: 53
Date the programme opened: 1986