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:
The Community Health Agents program 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 Malaria and HIV/TB programs give teachers at local schools the tools to provide lessons on malaria and/or HIV, and to organize pupils into Malaria Control Patrols, who then spread key messages in the community. Field Officers support all activities.
The Child Aid / Social Organization of Families program tackles poverty, hunger, basic sanitation and general health by involving the whole community in rural development. Committees for Malaria, HIV, Water and Sanitation, and Economic Development are organized at village level, and they work together with project staff and locally recruited and trained “Rural Dynamos” (activists) to lead communities in creating a better future.
HOPE projects establish HIV/AIDS community centers to provide advice, information and training. Education, prevention, testing, and support are the key elements.
Total Control of the Epidemics (TCE) program works to reduce the spread and impact of major epidemics by engaging individuals and communities to take control of the diseases in their lives, through increased access to and use of prevention, treatment, and support services.
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.