Background and objectives
UNFPA is supporting the Government of Angola in developing population programmes in the provinces. The programmes include rehabilitation of mother-and-child health care facilities. The provincial governments of Benguela and Huila and UN-Habitat were consulted, and this resulted in an agreement that the provincial governments will, using part of UNFPA funds, cooperate with UN-Habitat for implementation of the rehabilitation activities planned in the UNFPA-funded provincial population programmes in Benguela and Huila. The main objective of UN-Habitat support is to provide technical monitoring, including review missions, provision of technical guidance and analysis of technical reports in the rehabilitation activities under the UNFPA-funded provincial population programmes in Benguela and Huila.
The partners have agreed that the methodology developed by UN-Habitat in the community rehabilitation programme will be used to implement the rehabilitation process. UNCHS (Habitat) recruited project personnel in June 1998, and implementation has started.
More than 24 structures were partially or totally rehabilitated in Benguela and Huila under this programme in 1999 and 2000, however, despite the satisfaction expressed by the provincial authorities and the UNFPA country representative, activities have been terminated. This decision was taken because the political and military situation in Angola has not improved, and UNFPA does not have financial resources for other rehabilitation activities under this programme.