UNICEF Mozambique Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme is one of the largest UN water programmes in Africa. In partnership with the Government of Mozambique, the programme has a strong focus on service delivery through private sector civil engineering, drilling contractors and NGOs.
The focus area for the programme is rural and small town water supply and sanitation in the Central and Northern Region of Mozambique. Impressive results have been achieved under the Government of the Netherlands funded One Million Initiative in which 1 million new users of water and sanitation were achieved through the construction of 1700 boreholes, 15 piped water supply schemes, 450 rehabilitated water points and 500 Open Defecation Free Communities between 2007 and 2011. The programme has leveraged these experiences to influence the establishment of a SWAp (Sector Wide Approach) for a national rural water supply and sanitation (PRONASAR) programme that is led by the Government of Mozambique and supported by 5 international donors (DFID, GON, SDC, UNICEF and Canada CIDA). In order to ensure that children remain the focus of UNICEFs WASH programme, water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion and school construction have been constructed in over 500 schools in 7 Provinces of the country since 2008. This improved child environment has resulted in positive impacts on the lives of women and children in Mozambique.