Transformation in progress
Conditions for the people of Mozambique continue to improve. Initial improvements came as peace was established several years ago. Unfortunately, Mozambicans were still suffering from extreme poverty. HIV and AIDS continued to cause suffering for up to 20% of the population in some regions. Children were being orphaned, due to the deaths of parents.
Since Medical Teams International began work in Mozambique nearly 10 years ago, positive transformation has occurred in several communities.
Recently, an assessment was performed that revealed that more than 1,000 people in one region are now healthy and are able to work and care for themselves. An entire community has been transformed.
Our work in Mozambique
Since sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, remain prevalent in Mozambique and infection rates continue to rise, Medical Teams International maintains care and education programs. The country has approximately three physicians for every 100,000 people, so the need for our help remains great. Millions of Mozambicans cannot access health care services which are essential in the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Medical Teams International is supporting a three year comprehensive HIV/AIDS project, “Building Better Lives.” The goal is to prevent new HIV infections and provide quality care to people living with HIV and AIDS as well as the children orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS. The project focuses on underserved, rural communities in Sofala Province, Mozambique.
We have accomplished a number of successes as part of our work in Mozambique. An extraordinary 1344 out of 1383 clients referred for HIV testing returned with their results for follow-up counseling and care. The project exceeded its year 3 cumulative target of 800 HBC clients. To date a total of 1,103 HIV clients have been enrolled in the HBC program and received services three times a week. Peer-to-peer prevention education reached 590 youth in the community. Seventy percent of all school-age orphans and vulnerable children now attend school regularly.
For more information on our HIV and AIDS work in Mozambique, please see the Sena, Mozambique HIV and AIDS report [PDF].
Our partner in Mozambique
The primary partner in the program is Kuwangisana, a community-based organization with a faith foundation.
- 10 % of all babies die at birth in Mozambique.
- 15 % of children do not survive past their fifth birthday.
- In 2010 the HIV and AIDS rate was 11.5% with an estimated 5.7 million people affected.
- In 2000, Medical Teams International sent nine disaster relief teams to Mozambique to care for victims of severe flooding.
- Since 2006, we have funded an HIV and AIDS home-based care project. We have also collaborated with Dorcas Aid International to bring maternity services to their health clinic in Beira.
- Today, Medical Teams International is supporting a three year comprehensive HIV/AIDS project.
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