Although Mozambique made an impressive recovery from civil and political unrest, the country of 20 million people continues to have low life expectancy rates, estimated at 42 years, and a total adult literacy estimated at only 44%. Less than half the population has access to clean drinking water sources, and fewer than 1 in four people in rural communities have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Malaria, HIV and AIDS continue to add further strain on the infrastructure and quality of life in Mozambique.
In response to the high child mortality rate in Mozambique, Save the Children works with the Ministry of Health to train community health workers to assess, classify, and treat/refer sick children with signs of malaria, pneumonia and or diarrhea. The program is underway in fifteen districts in two provinces (Nampula and Gaza).
What we do
- We train local Ministry of Health partners to support, supply, and supervise community health workers
- We educate families to adopt healthy behaviours, recognize signs of illness and seek care promptly.
- In 2010, Save the Children trained 319 community health workers and 250 supervisors and a total of 35,527 cases of malaria and pneumonia were treated.
- We’ve been working in Mozambique for more than 20 years.
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