Mozambique

Health promotion


Achievements & next steps

Glória Muianga, a radio announcer and administrator of the Radio Mozambique presenting the Plan of Action 2006 – 2007 of the inter- faith working group against malaria.
Glória Muianga, a radio announcer and administrator of the Radio Mozambique presenting the Plan of Action 2006 – 2007 of the inter- faith working group against malaria .

Achievements

  • Support provided to the Mozambique Association of Public Health (AMOSAPU) for the organization of two meetings for tobacco prevention and control for the Lusophone, Southern Africa and East Africa countries;
  • Strengthened partnership with mass media;
  • Support provided for the development of the health communication strategy of the National Program for Malaria Control (PNCM).

In the context of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) an Inter-Religious Campaign was established by 10 national faith leaders in Maputo, Mozambique. In 2006, these leaders requested the participation of the Washington National Cathedral and the Adventist and Development Relief Agency in moving forward with their dream of a Mozambique without Malaria.

An Inter-faith Working Group signing its commitment fighting malaria in April 2006.
An Inter-faith Working Group signing its commitment fighting malaria in April 2006.

National Campaign members include: the Roman Catholic Church, the Islamic Congress of Mozambique, the Islamic Council of Mozambique, the Anglican Church, the United Methodist Church, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the Hindu Community, Assemblies of God, the Christian Council of Mozambique, and the Baha'i Community. The Co Chairs of the IRCMM are Bishop Dinis Sengulane and Mr Hassan Makda.

This inter-faith group is implementing the first stage of its "Together Against Malaria" program in the province of Zambezia by providing health education, training, and community mobilization through trained faith leaders. Faith communities exist in every village in the country; therefore, faith leaders can reach their members and impact their attitudes and behavior related to malaria.

Mrs. Laura Bush during the Seminar, on the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), held in Maputo in June 2007, announced the first grant to the Inter-Religious Campaign against Malaria in Mozambique. Through the President's Malaria Initiative, with a three-year, nearly $2 million grant that is expected to benefit over a million and a half people. The Adventist Development and Relief Organization provides program implementation support to the faith leaders, and Washington National Cathedral’s Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation also provides support and assists with procuring additional resources for the project.

Perspectives

  • Formulation of the national Health Promotion strategy;
  • Support to the national campaign for sanitation and hygiene.
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