In Angola, a cease-fire agreement was finally concluded in April 2002 after 27 years of civil conflict. During the conflict, vast areas of the country were inaccessible to humanitarian aid. The extent of the populations catastrophic plight upon termination of the fighting is increasingly becoming clearer. Infrastructure has been destroyed, farming production is below subsistence level and cannot adequately provide for the populations needs, mines belts have been placed around villages and on roads, access to educational facilities and health care provision is non-existent. The precarious modes of transportation make access to a needy population more difficult and increase the costs for help. Food scarcity and neglect of basic needs over decades have particularly exacerbated the populations health condition. Excessively high infant and maternal mortality rates are the consequence of insufficient medical provision. Only 3 out of 4 new-born children will reach the age of 5. At the age of 5, 45% of these children will be suffering from chronic under nourishment and malnutrition. Life expectancy is at only 46 years of age.
|Duration:||2003 to April 2008|
|Financing:||Malteser International, ECHO (Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission)|
|Partner:||Caritas Menongue, Provincial Directorate for Health in Kuando Kubango|