ADPP Angola has been working with community health projects since 1989, when Community Health Brigades began constructing latrines and promoting basic sanitation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Caxito. ADPP Angola currently works with a number of models for community health projects, which are operated in collaboration with the MInistry of Health, the National HIV Institute and the National Malaria Program, as well as from the Provincial Departments of Health.
Community Health Agents program (since 2010) trains and organizes people from local communities to provide house-to-house information, support for behavior change and a link to health service providers. Malaria, HIV, TB, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and water and sanitation fall within the remit of the program.
Schools-based community health programs (since 2008) give teachers at local schools the tools to provide lessons on malaria, HIV, TB, nutrition, water and sanitation. The teachers organize pupils to spread key messages in the community. Field Officers or “Rural Dynamos” support all activities.
ADPP’s Schools for the Teachers of the Future (EPF) and Practical and Theoretical Schools (EPP) also play an important role in ADPP’s community health work. EPF students train as teachers and community leaders, studying general and specific health issues, participating in campaigns on water and sanitation, malaria prevention, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health. EPP students can choose to study water- or health-related professions at five of the eight schools, and participate in local health campaigns.