Background and objectives
A significant number of hospitals and medical facilities have been destroyed or pillaged. Health units in most municipalities are operating without power, drinking water or sanitation systems. UNICEF has been providing support to the Government of Angola to develop a number of programmes, including rehabilitation and construction, extension and support to health units, improvement of water and sanitation facilities and the creation of a strategic health planning capacity within the framework of the community rehabilitation and national reconciliation programme. Consultations were held between UNICEF and UN-Habitat about UN-Habitat participation in the implementation of the UNICEF project, "Rehabilitation of Health Structures in Angola". The main objective of UN-Habitat support is to provide technical monitoring and support, including review missions, technical assistance and analysis of technical reports on implementation of the UNICEF project.
Technical support for the project has been set up in the UN-Habitat technical support unit in Luanda. Rehabilitation activities have been undertaken through small subcontractors, non-governmental organizations and semi-skilled community members. Quarterly technical and financial reports are being provided.
At the beginning of 2000, rehabilitation of eight health posts in Malange, Huambo and Uige provinces was completed. Only two other health posts were still being rehabilitated in July 2000. UNICEF will evaluate the political situation and the performance of UNCHS (Habitat) in order to assess the feasibility of continuing the programme in the following year. Relevant documents have been submitted to UNICEF by the technical unit of UN-Habitat in Angola for that purpose.