U.S. Government Provides $40.5 Million to Improve Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health in Mozambique
August 30, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique launched the Improved Family Planning Initiative (USAID IFPI) project to improve maternal and child health in Mozambique and empower women and couples to make their own choices about their reproductive health. In Mozambique, one out of every 67 women dies in childbirth, three times higher than the global average. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this project will increase the quality of and access to reproductive health care in Nampula, Sofala, and Zambezia provinces. Partnering with national, provincial, district, and community health systems, this five-year, $40.5 million project will be implemented by a consortium of local and international organizations led by Pathfinder International.
The high maternal mortality rate, along with other serious health issues for both mothers and children, is exacerbated by a lack of access to reproductive health care and family planning services in Mozambique. USAID IFPI will train community health workers to share these health care resources and options with women and couples and will work with young adults to dispel myths around contraception use and other components of family planning. The ultimate aim, through IFPI and other complementary USAID investments, is for young women and men to be aware of and have access to the resources they need to have healthy families and lead healthy lives.
Health programs represent a critical component of the broader U.S. Government’s assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the U.S. Government provides more than $500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and healthcare, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. For more information about USAID’s work to foster sustainable development and advance human dignity visit www.usaid.gov.
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