ADPP’s health work is based on the premise that by mobilising communities through knowledge empowerment, and facilitating access to prevention and treatment, people’s behaviours will change and they will live more fulfilling and healthy lives. This is done by working with schools-based programmes, via Community Health Agents programmes or a combination of both.
Irrespective of approach, the aim is to enable individuals to make conscious and informed decisions about personal health, families to take measures for the whole household and community members to work together to reduce or eliminate sources of infection and disease.
ADPP's community health work is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and local administrations.
Pregnant women with HIV received the practical and psychological support they needed to stay in treatment and ensure their children had the best possible chance to beat the disease thanks to the continuous presence of activists in their lives, through telephone calls, home visits and sessions at health clinics. In addition, the activists assisted people of all ages to adhere to anti-retroviral treatment while changing attitudes and conceptions about HIV. This personal support was greatly appreciated as it tackled the feeling of isolation that affected many patients, and that frequently led to depression.
ADPP’s Girls Clubs are a way of reaching adolescent girls and women with information, advice and assistance regarding HIV. Young women are particularly vulnerable because of a lack of knowledge of sexual and reproductive health combined with entrenched gender attitudes plus stigma about HIV. After reaching 22,500 girls in the first phase, ADPP expanded the project and exceeded the goal of 25,000 in 2019.
Como parte do primeiro projecto piloto de tratamento comunitário de TB em Angola, os activistas da ADPP trabalharam com funcionários em 7 hospitais no Kilamba Kiaxi e Cazenga, acompanhando 3.228 pacientes em tratamento de TB e, simultaneamente, encaminhamento de pessoas com possíveis casos de TB, inclusive crianças, para teste. Os ativistas também disseminaram mensagens chave de prevenção na comunidade e alistaram 1.719 padrinhos designados para auxiliar na observação direta da ingestão de medicamentos.
The project, implemented by ADPP with CODESPA and financed by the Camões Institute and the EU, makes part of the Fortalecimento da Resiliência e da Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional em Angola (FRESAN) programme. Started in 2020, the aim of the project is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for communities in the municipalities of Ombadja and Curoca, Cunene.
The expected results are:
Reduzir a Mortalidade Materna
Acabar com Todas as Mortes Preveníeis em crianças abaixo dos 5 Anos
Acesso Universal a Cuidados Reprodutivos
Combater as Doenças Transmissíveis