Mozambique is making efforts to eradicate by 2030 deaths among women, children and adolescents which are caused by preventable illnesses, a target which is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To this end, adolescents from across Mozambique are attending a meeting in Maputo of the Global Financing Facility (GFF), an international partnership which acts as an innovative financing pathfinder to accelerate the efforts to reach the SDGs’ 2030 goals for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health.

The initiative also finances high impact, evidence- and rights-based interventions to achieve measurable and equitable result, and intends to build inclusive, resilient systems and increasing domestic financing over time to sustain the gains and ensure that all women, children, and adolescents have access to essential healthcare, contributing to universal health coverage.

The National Director of Public Health, Francisco Mbofana, told the media here Monday that Mozambique is a beneficiary of the facility, but added that in order to mobilize the resources, the country needed to develop ‘investment cases, which implies showing the range of high impact interventions, and their costs, and then demonstrating how we will measure these impacts.

With the participation of adolescents, the meeting will identify those high-impact interventions that can bring rapid results, and can be implemented in places where the Health Ministry is confident they will make a great difference.

Mbofana noted that Mozambique still has high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. These rates are not falling at the same pace as the child (under five) mortality rate.

The analysis of maternal mortality, he added, shows that 20 per cent of maternal deaths occur among girls under 20 years old. They are clearly related to the high levels of child marriage and early pregnancy. Another problem is the large number of premature births.