• Farmers celebrating the success of their crops after training in agriculture methods

Leprosy Control and Disability Prevention

In Mozambique we work in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, near the border with Tanzania. The goal of this project is to improve the quality and sustainability of leprosy and disability services, to reduce transmission of leprosy and prevent disability there. This will be achieved through strengthening the Mozambique Government Health System in leprosy diagnosis and treatment, and mobilising local communities in leprosy self-care. 

Livelihoods and Food Security in Leprosy-Affected Communities in Cabo Delgado 

The initial phase of this project, match-funded by DFID through the Feet First campaign in 2015, in partnership with Food for the Hungry involved establishing self-care groups for people affected by leprosy and disability, training in sustainable agriculture methods and the development of village savings groups. Each year the project moved to a different set of target villages in order to maximise its reach. In 2016 the project reached 33 villages, 1,068 people affected by leprosy were taught effective self-care, 1,736 people were trained in sustainable agriculture, and 1,033 people were involved in savings groups. New follow-up activities will be carried out in partnership with ALEMO.

ALEMO Community Partnership

The goal of this project is to develop a strong model for people affected by leprosy, with and through ALEMO local associations, to advocate for improved access to leprosy services at all levels of the government. The model will be an example that could be replicated in the future in other high leprosy endemic provinces in Mozambique. ALEMO will be supported to de-centralise its activities; through strengthening local ALEMO associations and equipping village facilitators through Tearfund's Church and Community Mobilisation model (also called UMOJA). This approach will empower and equip villages in both leadership and advocacy, to enable people affected by leprosy to secure support from the Mozambican social welfare.

Iphiro Yohoolo

Iphiro Yohoolo means ‘Road to the Future’ in Macua, the language spoken in northern Mozambique. The project will give improved access for children affected by leprosy or physical disabilities to inclusive education. This will be done by improving opportunities for children to grow their schooling while addressing specific barriers at the community level that are impeding inclusive education and contributing to premature marriages. Emphasis will be placed on mobilizing communities (including local churches), growing local knowledge through research and engaging with higher level influencers like the education department and community leaders.