The Government of Mozambique led the implementation of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in 2019, and launched the VACS report in 2022 in celebration of the International Day of the African Child.
The Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Action, Ministry of Health, National Institute of Health, and National Institute of Statistics coordinated the implementation of the VACS with support from PEPFAR, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
An executive committee and technical working group led by the INS (including broad governmental representation from key ministries and other national partners) was established to oversee, coordinate, and provide inputs for the implementation of the survey.
In 2021, Mozambique launched the Priority Indicator Report (PIR) from the VACS — the first survey of this type conducted in the country. The PIR provides key data on the prevalence of violence among children ages 13 to 24.
Mozambique conducted its Data to Action workshop in 2022 and is currently developing its response. The Mozambique VACS provides stakeholders with an evidence base to inform policy and programming to prevent violence, as well as baseline data to inform the strengthening of their national child protection system.
VACS completed, implementing response
With nearly 100 participants, this was the largest Data to Action to date, and included an additional fourth day focused on translating outcomes for high-level representatives including ministry leadership. Recommendations from the workshop focused on addressing physical and sexual violence, social norms change, and targeting interventions focused on education, life skills, economic and income support, and parenting.