HOPE Project Invites Community Leaders to Fight HIV/AIDS
The community leaders in the province and city of Maputo have become Hope activists and in their meetings they address issues of HIV, sexual and physical violence, sanitation, malaria and cholera, in order to reduce these diseases in the community.
HOPE is based on a core idea to give people living with HIV an active role in designing ways to fight the HIV epidemic and in planning positive futures for themselves and their loved ones.
Before the HOPE awareness program, there were many cases of sexual violence perpetrated by family members, malaria cases and diarrhea in the communities, and they were not reported to the health units for proper care and treatment, which is no longer the case today thanks to its implementation.
Through its activities, the project seeks to reduce the risk of exposure to HIV, mobilize individuals & communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS through free voluntary counseling & HIV-testing (using family approach), distribution of condoms, and awareness raising campaigns, work place & schools outreach on HIV /AIDS, health and nutrition related issues. Special attention is also given to orphans and vulnerable children and other high-risk groups to ensure they are reached with HIV/AIDS services.