Project HOPE has a long history in Africa – beginning in the mid-1960s with a visit of the SS HOPE to Guinea. Currently, our programs in Africa focus on the continuing AIDS pandemic and its devastating impact on families, Tuberculosis control, humanitarian assistance and the growing need for chronic disease education and prevention. Our blog chronicles some of the day to day triumphs and challenges associated with our health education programs and the people we serve.
, Health Care Education, Infectious Disease, Women’s and Children’s Health
Project HOPE's history in
Mozambique, explaining more about our current programs that we are
running, our dreams and visions for the future, and ways in which you
can personally get involved. Let me start with a brief introduction:
HOPE first established its presence in Mozambique in 1997. Our head
office is situated in the capital city, Maputo, and we have offices in
Gaza Province in the south of the country and Zambezia Province in the
North. We are currently working in 8 different districts in the two
Provinces and have a total staff of 44 persons, of which 42 are of
Over the past 13 years, Project HOPE has
been involved in a number of projects from Maternal and Child Health
programs, to Workplace HIV Prevention policy formation, to the
installation of short wave radio systems in remote health posts aiming
to reduce mortality rates through better communication, to Youth HIV
Prevention and Economic Strengthening programs. In 2001 the Southern
part of the country was extensively damaged during massive floods, to
which Project HOPE responded and through generous donors was able to
send $5 million of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to help in the
Currently Project HOPE is undertaking a 5 year USAID
funded Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Program to strengthen families
who care for OVC through economic strengthening and health education
activities (more to follow in future blogs.)
What does the future
hold for Project HOPE here in Mozambique? As a well recognized Public
Health NGO, the future looks bright. We have dreams to expand our
programmatic focus into a number of new areas, drawing on experience
from the Project HOPE worldwide family, as well as breaking ground into
new Provinces and Districts where there is still great need in
partnership with local and international NGOs as well as with the strong
support of the Mozambican government.
Keep checking back for further updates!
South Africa, Mozambique
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Stefan Lawson is currently serving as both Project HOPE's Country Director for South Africa and Interim Country Director for Mozambique. You can follow his his experiences in both countries with his new blog, Project HOPE in Africa.
Check back tomorrow for an update from Mozambique!