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 will initially involve setting up self-care groups for people affected by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), to prevent disability. The second phase of the project, working with our partner Food for the Hungry, will support livelihood development through creating farmers' groups and providing training to them in sustainable agricultural methods and introducing new crops. The farmers will also form 'Village Savings and Livelihood Associations' to enable them to access micro-credit.
ALEMO Community Partnership
This project supports ALEMO (Association for People Affected by Leprosy) to develop its leadership capacity, so it can better educate the community about leprosy and support its members in development activities. People affected by leprosy are helped to form savings groups, to pool their resources together to help develop livelihood activities. Sustainable agricultural training is also provided to these groups, using the internationally-recognised 'Farming God's Way' programme, to help them adopt improved, environmentally-friendly farming methods, to increase crop yields and give them greater food security. ALEMO helps its members to access identity documents so that they can benefit from government social security.
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 in Cabo Delgado province. School uniforms and equipment are provided for 200 children who are affected by leprosy/disability, 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 such as agriculture.