Advance # 15031A
Educating to combat HIV/AIDS, STDs, tuberculosis and malaria with an emphasis on human rights
Background / History
In 2001, it became apparent that Mozambique was dealing with a very severe health crisis due to HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. There were no sufficient educational programs in place to reach the remote rural areas surrounding Chicuque Rural Hospital. Testing and treatment had been limited to the hospital setting. Those in remote areas have no transportation available to travel to the hospital and therefore no access to it.
There is great need for the testing, treatment, counseling and home-based care to be taken to these rural areas through what we are calling actions of hope. The Center of Hope core staff has held several meetings with various church leaders in communities within the districts of Morrumbene, Maxixe, Inharrime and Zavala. These meetings are where we are identifying the individuals who will become our district coordinators.
Goals & Objectives
By December of 2008 our goal is to have a fully functioning health nucleus in a minimum of four districts. The measurable markers for this success will be to have district coordinators in each district who are fully trained to begin educational programs, monitoring, testing and treatment of diseases and all related reporting.
Center of Hope staff will continue to meet with community church and healthcare leadership in order to identify the individuals to be trained as district coordinators. Training of these district coordinators will be implemented and the educational process for each community initiated. We will form partnerships with the seminaries in Cambine and Maputo in order to enlist the assistance of each graduate as they embark on service to their assigned communities.
There will be increased awareness about prevention of HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and malaria in Mozambique as well as public knowledge concerning effective sanitation. In the short term, this will mean the implementation of health nucleus' (HN) in the five surrounding districts closest to Chicuque Rural Hospital within Inhambane Province. A HN consists of pastors, other church leadership, community leaders, teachers and health care workers.
The core leadership of each HN will be comprised of at least seven dedicated district coordinators from within the community.
The first marker of success will be the commitment of strong leaders in each HN. This is crucial to the success of this project. Five firmly established HNs will indicate that we have met our short-term goal. Second, the opening of the Center of Hope facility in Chicuque, which will be used to house the administrative offices and training center, will give us a visible and tangible presence in the Province and be a place to orchestrate our mobilization efforts into the districts and communities in rural areas.
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Community Health Nucleaus
- Diseases and Viruses
- Global Health
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Health Care Workers and Volunteers
- HIV/AIDS, Venereal Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Leprosy (Hansen?s Disease)
- Mental Health, Counseling
- Pediatrics, Family Planning, Teenage Pregnancy, Maternity
- Rural Health
- Rural Populations
- Urban/Inner City Health
- Urban/Inner City Populations