Mozambique

  • Leprosy control & disability project in Cabo DelgadoLeprosy control & disability project in Cabo Delgado
  • Iphiro Yohoolo schools projectIphiro Yohoolo schools project
  • ALEMO community partnership projectALEMO community partnership project

Leprosy Control and Disability Prevention

In Mozambique we work in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, near the border with Tanzania. This project is improving the diagnosis and treatment of people affected by leprosy in more than 250 villages, through the government health network, supported by hundreds of community volunteers. The volunteers help to set up ‘self-care groups’, which bring people affected by leprosy together to learn about disability prevention, and to practice self-care activities. The project also conducts eye camps in rural areas, and provides surgery to people with eye conditions. Healthcare workers receive leprosy training, and issues of stigma are addressed by members of ALEMO (Association of People Affected by Leprosy) through advocacy activities.

Livelihoods and Food Security in Leprosy-Affected Communities in Cabo Delgado  (DFID)

The project, funded through DFID Aid Match and delivered in partnership with Food for the Hungry includes setting up self-care groups for people affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to prevent disability. The project also supports livelihood development through creating farmers' groups in 33 villages, providing then training in sustainable agricultural methods and introducing new seed varieties. The farmers are also forming 'Village Savings and Livelihood Associations' to enable them to access micro-credit.

ALEMO Community Partnership

This project is working to strengthen the organisational capacity of ALEMO (Association for People Affected by Leprosy) and is working with ALEMO local associations to advocate for improved access to leprosy services at all levels of the government. ALEMO is helping its members to develop leadership and advocacy skills, enabling people disabled by leprosy to secure support from the Mozambican social welfare system. 

Iphiro Yohoolo

Iphiro Yohoolo means ‘Road to the Future’ in Macua, the language spoken in northern Mozambique. The project aims to give a better future to children and young people affected by leprosy and physical disabilities in Cabo Delgado province. School uniforms and equipment are provided for 200 children, and parents' groups have been created to encourage them to value their children's education. The project focuses particularly on the education of girls, who are particularly at risk of being denied an education. Girls' clubs have been set up in schools to give girls additional life-skills training and extra-curricular education. After completing secondary school, the project helps young people to access vocational training. The project also works with community leaders and local churches to improve schooling opportunities and address barriers to education within the community.