THP-Mozambique, Government Partnership Yields Medical Staff for Epicenter Health Center in 2012

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Update to the Global Board

October 2012

THP-Mozambique used this period to focus on operationalizing the health center at Chokwe Epicenter. By the 2nd Quarter, the government responded to long-standing requests for staffing by sending a team of medical staff to carry out a variety of activities that served both to elevate the level of care available and to mobilize the entire community. THP-Mozambique has also been making advocacy inroads with local and international NGOs operating in the area, both initiating seminars and attending conferences.
  • Health & Nutrition: At Chokwe Epicenter, government-appointed staff allowed health activities to surge ahead in all activity areas. Staff provided free, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing which showed that one in five women at a single epicenter was HIV-positive ― all were subsequently referred to the hospital for treatment. Community health workers vaccinated women and children, and social workers taught maternal and infant nutrition in alignment with the 1,000 Days initiative. THP-Mozambique also secured a meeting in August with Save the Children regarding a potential partnership in the health sector.
  • Partnerships, Advocacy & Alliances: THP-Mozambique has strengthened its government ties across all sectors. A partnership in education has allowed adult literacy classes to continue steadily, which otherwise would not have been possible. Both district and provincial-level government representatives have visited epicenters, sparking a series of meetings between THP and government officials. To foster this growing partnership, THP-Mozambique organized a seminar at Chokwe Epicenter, which was attended by 40 representatives of NGOs, district and local-level government staffers, and epicenter and community members.
  • Self-reliance: In all epicenters, discussions regarding the epicenter’s self-reliance have led to significant decisions being made that impact the epicenters’ governance structures, staffing and income-generating tools. Firstly, youth have been integrated to a greater degree at the epicenters, building the sustainability of the communities’ mobilization. Additionally, two of the three epicenters have hired bookkeepers to increase the autonomy of the MFP.

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