As part of the overall WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project Oasis Mozambique is expanding our Malaria and Safe Water campaigns to help reduce infant mortality.
These campaigns include a multi-day training for 101 ‘Change Agents’ on the principles, methods and positive behavioural practices necessary for malaria prevention and safe water usage. 'Change Agents' are mothers selected by their community as leaders and trained to equip, mobilize and support other mothers in the community. Oasis Change Agents visit 10-12 neighbors on a weekly basis, sharing these practices– ultimately reaching more than 1200 households and 3500 children. These women provide the structure for a community health information system that reports on pregnancies, births, deaths and disease detected during home visits.
This methodology has been used by others in the field, and shown to be effective in reducing mortality in children under 5, decreasing the rate of child deaths caused by diarrheal diseases by 88% and death from malaria by 15%.
WASH addresses some of the most pressing needs identified by the community itself. The project ultimately benefits the entire Manga Loforte community - about 100,000 people just outside Beira, the country’s second largest city. Built on a flood plain just above sea level, contaminated water is a very real threat to the health of Manga’s residents as it experiences heavy rain and flooding without proper drainage six months out of the year. Less than 25% of Beira has access to clean water from their homes. Health clinics in Beira regularly see malaria, cholera, measles, diarrhea, severe respiratory infections and HIV. Each of these can in part be directly attributed to poor sanitation and hygiene practices.
With you help we can expand the work of Oasis Mozambique through the WASH project and TRAIN ANOTHER 101 Change Agents that will reach an ADDITIONAL 1200 HOUSEHOLDS. Become an everyday philanthropist and your gift will be doubled by One Day’s Wages!