Here, Life expectancy is just 40 years old
and 21% of children do not survive their 5th birthday.
Malaria, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and diarrhea are still a problem and Nema aims to combat these diseases by raising awareness in the communities and improving access to essential health services
We currently run the only two ambulances in our region, servicing a population of 36,000 people. These ambulances are literally a lifeline for our partner villages and daily take people to to the local clinic, the majority of whom are women in labour.
Each motorbike ambulance costs £12 a day to operate.
Until October 2014, there had never been any form of eye-care in this area. Last October the Nema team coordinated the communities we work with and for an ophthalmic technician to come to Guludo. In just 3 days over 300 people with sight problems were seen and given advice and after care (including 8 people who later had surgery). We plan to repeat this every 6 months.
£275: Sponsor an opthalmic technician to assess approx. 300 sight-impaired people
Although a preventable and treatable disease, malaria remains the number one child killer in Mozambique. 125 children die from malaria every day in Mozambique, giving the country one of the hightest child mortality rates in the world.
In response, Nema runs malaria workshops with all households to train families how to recognise and protect themselves from malaria. As part of the project, we also distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children under the age of five. To date, we have distributed almost 7,000 nets.
A mosquito net and workshop for a mother with a child under 5 costs £10
Over 56% of people living in Cabo Delgado province are chronically malnourished. Malnourishment stunts children’s development and weakens defences against disease, making it a significant underlying cause of child mortality.
To combat malnutrition, Nema runs nutrition workshops with all families to help them to recognize the signs of malnutrition and seek treatment. Our agricultural technician also helps families to create small kitchen gardens where they can grow nutritious foods such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes and beans.
From the support of Global Angels a Community Health Post was developed in Guludo village with the aim to relieve pressure on the two under-staffed and overcrowded existing health clinics.
Other Health Projects
• Maternal Health: providing health, emotional and financial support for pregnant women and new mothers
• Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: providing vulnerable children with health, education, emotional and legal support
• Hygiene & Sanitation Workshops: running family workshops to improve hygiene & sanitation practices in and around the house, and the construction of simple pit latrines.
HIV / AIDs
Every day 102 children are infected with HIV in Mozambique, and less than 3% will receive treatment. The majority of new infections occur in young people, with girls aged between 15 to 19 years three times more at risk than boys of the same age.
Nema runs a series of HIV projects. These include a:
• HIV & Football project aimed at teenagers from 12 villages, which teaches them how to recognise, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and how to deal with stigma
• Local HIV Theatre Group who tour all villages putting on highly popular HIV-oriented plays
• Project that provides families living with HIV with health, emotional and financial support
• HIV Workshops that train families how to protect themselves from HIV, recognise the symtoms and seek treatment
• We also show HIV films in the villages and distribute subsidised and affordable condoms via local shopkeepers.
Global Angels made the following film of the health projects they have supported.