Canada announces support for Mozambique due to pandemic and to mitigate its secondary impacts


Today, Canada announced $186 million in development assistance for new projects in Mozambique, including support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls.

Support for COVID-19 Prevention, Surveillance and Containment in Mozambique

Clinton Health Access Initiative, $10 million

This project will provide technical and financial assistance to Mozambique’s National Institute of Health to help contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project will support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, health worker training and the monitoring of vaccination in the country.

Focused Assistance for COVID-19 Resilient Households

UNICEF, $20 million

This project provides cash transfers to vulnerable and marginalized households—particularly to those headed by women—to address a loss of income caused by the pandemic to help household members meet their essential needs and continue to receive nutritious foods.


Every Girl Can

World Vision, $13.3 million

This project aims to change harmful social norms to reduce the sexual and gender-based violence experienced by girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 in Nampula province. This project will contribute to the response to the pandemic by raising awareness of COVID-19, supporting households in seeking health care and providing protective equipment and training to health facilities.

Better Education through Teacher Training and Empowerment for Results (BETTER)

CODE, a $1.4-million increase to the original budget of $17.4 million

This project aims to improve the teacher training program at 4 teacher training colleges in Maputo, Tete, Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces. The additional funds will strengthen distance education during school lockdowns and support the safe return of students to school.

Advancing Quality Education and School-related Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development, a $5-million increase to the original budget of $20 million

This project helps to provide children and adults with access to quality education and literacy programs. The additional funds will support the Government of Mozambique’s COVID-19 response plan for education.


Combatting Absenteeism and Reducing Barriers to Education (CARBE) in Mozambique

World Food Programme, $3 million

This project aims to adapt activities during school closures to minimize the impacts of the pandemic, particularly for girls. The project’s method of food delivery has been changed from providing on-site school meals to take-home rations for students and their families, thereby preserving their levels of nutrition and educational outcomes.


She Belongs in School

Save the Children, $30 million

This project aims to support the empowerment and learning outcomes of adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19 by addressing harmful and discriminatory norms, practices and behaviours that act as key gender-based barriers to girls’ access to school and learning.

Vital Statistics in Support of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

UNICEF in partnership with the World Health Organization, a $6.5-million increase to the original budget of $19.5 million

This project aims to increase the registration of civil and vital statistics, such as births and deaths, to inform and improve policies and programs that reduce maternal and child mortality.

Support for Education in Mozambique 2020-25 (FASE+)

Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development, $50 million

This initiative supports Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development by providing funding over a 5-year period to increase access to, and the quality of, educational services in Mozambique in line with the objectives of Mozambique’s Strategic Education Plan 2020-29.

Peace through Economic Action and Community Empowerment

Gorongosa Restoration Project, $5 million

This project aims to reduce rural poverty and enhance inclusion toward post-conflict stability in Sofala province. The project seeks to improve health and education services, advance local economic opportunities and strengthen governance in Gorongosa National Park and its surrounding areas, with special attention being given to women and girls.

Accessing the Full Range of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Mozambique

Ipas $18.5 million

This project aims to ensure that vulnerable women and girls in Mozambique are empowered to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health—free from discrimination, coercion and violence—and that women and girls have access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health services, especially safe and legal abortion.



Right To Play, $11.67 million

This project aims to benefit over 400,000 adolescents and young adults in Ghana, Mozambique and Uganda by providing them with access to better sexual and reproductive health care.


Stand Up
Oxfam Canada, $9.33 million

This project aims to improve access to high-quality and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive health services for nearly 500,000 vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Mozambique and Uganda.

All Mothers and Children Count – C-19
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, a $560,000 increase to the original budget of $5.31 million

This program responds to the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring that women and girls continue to have access to sexual and reproductive health services, safe deliveries, prenatal and postnatal care, and contraceptives.

Gender-responsive Education and Transformation
Right To Play, a $170,000 increase to the original budget of $6.53 million

These additional funds are addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda. The new funding support these countries’ ministries of education to ensure that schools are able to deliver quality education during school closures related to COVID-19, while also preparing children, teachers and schools for the reopening of schools.

Southern African Nutrition Initiative – C-19
CARE Canada, a $1.56-million increase to the original budget of $6.94 million

This project aims to lessen the damage caused by the global pandemic on poor and marginalized communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. The project is helping reduce the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable people—particularly on women and girls—by improving nutrition and food security, by strengthening measures that prevent sexual and gender-based violence and by strengthening response mechanisms.

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