Mozambique: UN plans €343M aid for over one million people in country in 2022

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) plans to provide humanitarian assistance to over a million people in Mozambique, amounting to 343 million euros next year.

The figures are from the “Global Humanitarian Overview” report, released Thursday in Geneva and obtained by Lusa, where it can be seen that the requirements for the Mozambique Humanitarian Response Plan in 2022 are US$388.5 million (343 million euros).

OCHA’s humanitarian aid reached one million two hundred thousand people in Mozambique in 2021, a figure that should remain the same next year if appeals are funded by the international community.

“In northern Mozambique, humanitarian organisations have significantly increased their response, enabling partners to provide life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to 1.23 million people at risk – more than double the number reached in 2020,” the report reads.

In 2021, the Humanitarian Response Plan created by OCHA specifically for Mozambique provided assistance to one million people, a goal that was exceeded, with only 64% of the required funding of $254 million, or a total of $161.5 million (€142.6 million).

OCHA estimates for next year are that some 274 million people around the world will need humanitarian aid or protection, the highest number ever.

Humanitarian aid for the 183 million people in the most serious situations, in 63 countries, will cost US$41 billion (36.2 billion euros), OCHA adds.

As well as Mozambique, the funds will go to help 27 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 24.4 million in Afghanistan, 25.9 million in Ethiopia, 20.7 million in Yemen and 20.1 million in Syria, as well as 7.7 million people in Colombia and 4.5 million in Venezuela, among other vulnerable groups.

This year, OCHA has helped 107 million people, in projects carried out with the help of non-governmental organisations, the private sector and governments.

Humanitarian assistance includes hygiene items, medical supplies, health services for refugees, cash, food aid or social protection services.

“More than one per cent humanity is displaced. Extreme poverty is increasing again. In most crises, women and girls suffer the most, as gender inequalities and protection risks increase. Hunger remains a terrifying prospect for 45 million people”.