Community Health Agents Cunene
Community Health Agents have been working in Cunene since 2010, reaching thousands of people with health and hygiene messages and providing a link with health services. In 2015, the project comprised 107 Community Health Agents and 1.765 community health supporters working in Ombadja. The thrust of the campaign was directed at pregnant women and children, with disease prevention, sanitation and nutrition continuing to form part of the program. Funding from Johnson and Johnson contributed to achieving the project’s goals.
Community Health Agents receive fortnightly training and are responsible for 100 families each, often in remote areas and of difficult access. They are well supported through biweekly continuous training and supervision visits. Collaboration with the public health service is essential and the Community Health Agents are making a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of rural communities, linking them with health service providers and building their capacity to take care of their family health.
- 10.700 families registered and active in the program
- 34.464 family visits conducted
- 14.128 women informed about child development
- 4.014 pregnant women received lessons on antenatal health
- 1.030 pregnant women mobilized to attend antenatal clinics
- 23.901 children registered and supported
- 10.000 people provided with homebased voluntary HIV counselling and testing
- 23.901 people adhering to key HIV messages
- 467.662 condoms distributed
- 6.731 families counselled about family planning
- 15.423 lessons in the community
“I have gained a lot of experiences throughout my daily work as a Community Health Agent and from the training the project has given”
- Beatriz Ndalatelao, Community Health Agent, Cunene