Project Child of Mine – Water Crisis in Mozambique

Doculab multimedia producer Guilhem Alandry traveled to Maua district in Niassa, Mozambique on a WaterAid commission to document the water crisis there. He spent nearly three weeks on the ground shooting stills and video. The material will be used for appeals, campaigns and PR to illustrate the issue of under five mortality due to preventable diseases. Doculab has also produced and directed Child of Mine, a long-form multimedia piece on what impact the lack of access to clean water has on under-five children.

According to UNICEF, Mozambican children today are more likely to have a healthy start to life than they did twenty years ago. Over the past two decades, the under-five mortality rate has decreased from 219 to 138 per 1,000 live births, the infant mortality rate from 147 to 90 per 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality ratio dropped to 520 per 100,000 live births.

Yet Mozambique still has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. Gains in child and maternal well-being have not been even across the country, and large numbers of children and women, especially those living in remote rural areas, remain at risk. Every year, about 86,000 newborns die before reaching age one and an additional 38,000 die before reaching age five – nearly 340 every day.

In rural Mozambique only 38 percent of the population has access to improved drinking water and 13 percent to sanitation (Moz Dept for Water). This is condemning millions of people to a life of poor health and diminished opportunity. WaterAid’s rural programme has focused on improving the situation in two of Mozambique’s ten country provinces – Niassa since 1995 and Zambezia since 2002.

WaterAid has helped to increase the water converage in give currently supported districts across Niassa and Zambezia from 21 to 41 percent and sanitation coverage from 7 to 42 percent.
Over the next three years the rural programme will continue to focus in three districts in the province of Niassa (Maua, Nipepe and mecanhelas) and two districts in Zambezia.

A major focus has been to increase the functionality and sustainability of water points through rehabilitation, training water committees, training water point mechanics and setting up supply chains of spare parts. The functionality rate is now 93%.