Mozambique

Mozambique officially joined the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Initiative in February of 2012. With 50 Community Health Volunteers and 98 Education Volunteers in all ten provinces, we are poised to start malaria prevention projects in both sectors!

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Mozambique, accounting for 29 percent of all deaths and 42 percent of deaths among children under five years old. Children under 5 years of age have a national prevalence rate of 51.5 percent and pregnant women have a national prevalence rate of 17.9 percent. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) works in coordination with the Ministry of Health (MISAU) and the National Malaria Control Program (PNCM). 100% of Mozambique’s population is at risk of malaria.

An 11.5 percent national HIV prevalence rate necessitates that Community Health Peace Corps Volunteers in Mozambique focus on HIV/AIDS prevention as their primary activity; however, in 2012 PCVs plan to include malaria prevention in their service by

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  • integrating malaria prevention education into routine home visits to HIV positive people and OCVs (orphans and vulnerable children;
  • working with organizations to help with bed net distributions, indoor spraying campaigns, and other behavior change campaigns;
  • integrating malaria prevention lessons and games into youth development group activities; and
  • incorporating malaria prevention education into secondary education lesson plans.

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