ERMERA, 01 december 2023 (TATOLI) – The Acting Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark White, and the Vice-Minister for Hospital Operationalization, Flávio Brandão, launched the Strengthening Community Health Systems project in Ermera as a step towards making the country’s health system sustainable.
Ten sucos (villages) in Ermera will receive funding to address issues related to reproductive, neonatal, and child health.
USAID awarded a grant of US$215,000 to the non-governmental organization Hamutuk Ita Ajuda Malu (also known as HIAM Health) to implement the project.
“This grant aims to strengthen existing community health systems to improve health behaviors and create positive practices around reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health, as well as inclusive nutrition, in ten sucos in the administrative posts of Letefoho and Atsabe, in the municipality of Ermera,” said White.
He pointed out that this activity will: “train families, pregnant women, husbands and fathers, parents-in-law, teenage girls and boys and people with disabilities to take part in identifying their health problems, develop community action plans and help communities take ownership of implementing and monitoring the project.”
Flávio Brandão said the implementation of the project aims to raise awareness among the population to prevent various diseases and to educate them about proper nutrition to prevent malnutrition.
Journalist: Mirandolina Barros Soares
Translation: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Armandina Moniz