Shortly after gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique became embroiled in a 15-year civil war that claimed over a million lives. Even now, the economy remains weak, and most of the country’s 12 million people rely on subsistence agriculture to survive. Mozambique is threatened by frequent severe flooding, and diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are serious public health issues.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with two dioceses in Mozambique on strategies to address challenges at the community level. In the northern Diocese of Niassa, we are supporting Sal Luz Saude (SLS, or ‘Salt Light Health”) and Equipas de Vida (‘Life Teams’) in their efforts to improve public health in rural areas. Together, and in collaboration with local government, they jointly mobilize and aid communities to address their own health and development needs. The establishment of savings and loan groups for health volunteers and other community members contributes to the sustainability of the program and to individuals’ own economic empowerment.
In the southern Diocese of Lebombo, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the diocesan relief and development agency, Anglican Social Action (ASA), to apply the Umoja (‘Together we can’) process for community-driven development through churches across the diocese. This asset-based process engages community members to identify local resources that can be mobilized to meet challenges and support growth.
Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities
- Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
Promoting Health and Fighting Disease
- Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival
- Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
- Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination
Responding to Disaster and Rebuilding Communities
- Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience
Over 300,000 women worldwide die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of infants die in their first few weeks of life – many of them also from preventable conditions. Prenatal care and monitoring health of expectant and new mothers and their children reduces illness and saves lives. Read more about Maternal and Child Health.Read more about Maternal & Child Health
Planning ahead for disasters can go far in minimizing their potential impact – especially for people already facing poverty, who may lose their few assets or safety nets. To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction.Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction
Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.Read more about Micro-finance
Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® program partnership is working in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to fight malaria with life-saving nets and education. Since it began in 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed more than 22,000,000 nets and provided education on their proper use and maintenance, reducing the number of malaria cases by up to 45% in program areas. Read more about Malaria.Read more about Malaria