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A research study on home-based care, Morrumbala Centre, Zambйzia Province, Mozambique

Lindsey Breslin

ESTAMOS-Organizaзгo Comunitaria

October 2003

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Save the Children UK (SC UK) started working in Mozambique in 1984, placing technical advisors in the Ministry of Health. Over the next ten years, SC UK provided technical assistance and financial support in infrastructure, epidemiology, nutrition, immunization, health information systems and information and emergency response.

The current focus of SC UK's long-term development work is improving the quality and quantity of basic health services, reducing food insecurity, advocating for children's rights, responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and emergency preparedness.

There are currently an estimated 420 000 orphans living in Mozambique. SC UK, with its Alliance partners SC Norway and US, initiated its first focused intervention on the issues of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the context of the prevalent HIV environment in Mozambique with a 6-month pilot programme in July 2002. The pilot programme addressed various issues in relation to both learning and response to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the 4 provinces of Mozambique.

As a component of SC UK's on-going OVC work, home-based care has been identified as a key entry point to access vulnerable children and to provide support to terminally ill parents. It is anticipated that SC UK together with Red Cross-Mozambique (CVM) will launch a home-based care (HBC) project in the District of Morrumbala, Zambйzia Province, during 2003. In order to effectively respond to the needs of the family and understand the current coping mechanisms in the community, a home-based care study was conducted in Morrumbala Centre from 1-15 September 2003. The following report elaborates the findings of this study.

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