• ADPP Angola is celebrating 30 years of active involvement in development work with communities throughout the country

  • ADPP Angola operates 45 projects in 18 provinces in education, community health, agriculture and rural development

  • ADPP runs 15 teacher trainig schools with the Ministry of Education and has graduated 9644 primary school teachers since 1998

  • ADPP has 900 employees, 4000 volunteers and 1000 students in teaching practice in 92 municipalities, reaching 700,000 people annually

Even teachers have a lot to learn

I have been participating in the activities organized by the TCE project for five months. I was very interested in the policy of implementing the Sport in Schools program as a form of promoting the physical and psychological health of the pupils. At university I always hated physical education, but through the information that I received from the personnel of the ADPP TCE project I became motivated. Physical education can have an important influence on an individual's physical and intellectual development.

I had been thinking about basic sanitation but here we didnt have any project to work with us and we never made plans to clean our streets and yards. However, one day the School Health Agents from the TCE project passed on information to me, explaining about the importance of the cleaning campaigns they organise. They began by cleaning up the school yard and they never stopped. I was very impressed by the School Health Agents who encouraged me about basic sanitation, so as soon as they left I decided to follow their advice. 

I never used to sleep under  a mosquito net because I had some negative reactions, but after the School Health Agent informed me about the importance of using a mosquito net, I then decided always to use one. I appreciate the project activities and I hope the project will also reach out to the communities and not only to the schools because there are many people who are not using mosquito nets. 

Teacher Albertina Nla

Teacher Albertina Nla

Teacher Albertina Nla

The experience of a professional, the Municipal HIV/AIDS Supervisor

I am working in the Municipal Health Department in Maquela do Zombo as the Municipal HIV/AIDS Supervisor and I am also responsible for the HIV testing centre.  Maquela is an area with favourable conditions for mosquito breeding as it has a lot of rain throughout the year. The idea of community awareness and bringing health services right into the community does change people`s lives. I have experienced a higher turn up at antenatal clinics in our municipality and attendance without default. We had a history of pregnant women who did not attend antenatal consultations. They preferred to give birth at home, where no malaria prophylaxis was administered, and no HIV testing was done, thereby putting women at a higher risk of getting malaria and also of infecting the unborn baby in the case of those mothers who were HIV positive. With women and children under five being the most vulnerable group with respect to malaria, community awareness has influenced a higher-turn up among pregnant women at antenatal consultations. 

What does this mean for the municipality? A lot of women have been attending antenatal clinics, which means they are monitored throughout their pregnancy. Since the Community Health Agents began informing and mobilising pregnant women to attend the clinic, we have been testing them for HIV. We also administer malaria prevention (prophylaxis) and this has reduced malaria cases among these women. For those who test HIV positive, they go on treatment right away so that they reduce the risk of infecting the unborn baby. Moreover, their health is monitored and they experience a safe delivery without complications. 

Last year I had the chance to participate in training for HIV testing for the Community Health Agents.  This was a step forward for the municipality in general because it opened up the possibility of taking testing to the people. Some people do walk in to get an HIV test at the centre and some get tested for HIV as a routine test – for example when someone is ill and is asked to take an HIV test - but many more are not prepared to spend time coming here.  This training to enable Community Health Agents to conduct HIV testing was a bit of a game changer. We started an HIV home-based testing campaign as we had almost 4000 HIV test kits which were about to expire and during that campaign, we tested 2,094 people in the community itself and in the barracks. 

In 2018, we registered only one new HIV case among pregnant women who come for antenatal consultations. This shows control and behaviour change. I have also seen higher adherence among people on ART. Since 2017, we have not experienced ART drop-out. We have 100% adherence for all those who are on ART and TB treatment. This adherence is also for HIV home-based testing. With sufficient tests we can help our country to reach 90/90/90. There are a lot of good practices happening among families and awareness campaigns have a great impact in our communities. The project has also inspired the municipality so that in 2019 the idea is for pregnant women to be accompanied to antenatal clinics by their spouses and get HIV counselling and testing together as couples.  Openness and support among couples is to be promoted. 

Municipal HIV/AIDS Supervisor 

professional, the Municipal HIV/AIDS Supervisor

professional, the Municipal HIV/AIDS Supervisor

A Traditional Leaders’ View

My name is Sebastião Andrade. I am the traditional leader for the village of Kimbaxi Santa Maria.  I am 61 years old and I am also a member of the Women Farmers’ Club project. 

First of all, I would like to say thank you for everything that the project is doing in the community. The Community Health Agents have passion and patience while carrying out house to house campaigns. The project is mobilising people about malaria and HIV/TB and right now our community has a lot of information about both diseases. Now people know the symptoms of malaria very well and they take precautions to prevent these diseases.  Community mobilisation yields good results. 

Basic sanitation has also improved in our community as it is the basis for reducing diseases. I used not to sleep under a mosquito net but after the Community Health Agent visited and informed me about the risk I was running, now I always sleep underneath a mosquito net in order to reduce the possibility of catching malaria. Everyone keeps their surroundings clean for a safe and healthy environment. 

Sebastião Andrade

Sebastião Andrade

Rising to the Challenge

My name is Graça Marília Rufino and I am a Community Health Agent, or ADECOS as we are now known, for Kangongo, which is my own community here in the municipality of Gambos. I have learned a lot about the transmission and prevention of diseases such as malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS thanks to ADPP. 

During my work of mobilizing families in the community I have encoutered many challenges but the training we ADECOS received strengthened my capacity to get people to adhere to disease prevention practices. The way forward to overcome the challenges and ensure maximum acceptance among the members of the community has been to have the courage to tackle the matter head on and to have faith that the community would respond positively.  Based on this, I was selected to participate in training on HIV counselling and testing. I am now even more motivated and I feel like a nurse who is helping save lives. Many thanks to the Integrated Social Project.

Graça Marília Rufino

Graça Marília Rufino

Personal experience: Control of Malaria in Kalandula

My name is Candido Jõao Ngunza and I am a Passionate (volunteer) in the project.

I’m very enthusiastic about the arrival of the project in Kalandula and in my community of Kiluanje. In a short time I have already managed to recognize the symptoms of malaria, particularly in my children. The project is improving many things in my community and in the families.  Because of the information the Community Health Agents pass in our community about Malaria, HIV / TB, I now have prevention plans in my family.

I am already promoting cleaning campaigns in my community, as well as every morning I clean the patio of my house, and bury the trash, sleep under the mosquito net. I did not know my HIV status, but through the project I did the HIV test and I already know my condition and I will continue to prevent these diseases.

if we are going to fight against malaria then we really need to promote basic sanitation.

Strength and courage!

Project: Community Control of Malaria, Malange

 

My name is Miguel Sebastião. I am 27 years old and a member of the ADPP Women's Farmers' Club of Kiluanje. I did not know much about malaria until I met a Community Health Agent in my area and he explained basic facts about malaria and HIV / TB. Although I had little information about these diseases, the arrival of the project in my area brought a lot of new information.

I was able to do my risk reduction plan on how to reduce my chances of becoming infected by these diseases. I never liked sleeping under a mosquito net and in our community the basic sanitation was very poor. Now, I sleep under a mosquito net and as a family, we now have a place to bury the trash behind our house. In addition, my family and I are now recognizing the signs and symptoms of malaria.

I am also a Volunteer Activist. I was mobilized and advised to take the HIV test and today I know my HIV status. I decided to get tested for HIV before I received Community Counseling.

Project: Community Control of Malaria, Malange 

 

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