ADRA Mozambique started its intervention on health sector in 2002 through Implementation of the Pebane Integrated Food Security Initiative, which was a three years Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Commercialization project. The health & Nutrition activities included preventive health education and promotion of nutrition through improved dietary practices, prevention and household management of childhood illnesses with emphasis on diarrhea and malaria and HIV/AIDS awareness. The project targeted the district of Pebane in Zambezia province reaching a total of 18,000 beneficiaries.
Health component of activities was also part of the Zambezia Integrated Food Security Initiative implemented in Zambezia province, districts of Ile, Lugela, Maganja da Costa, Mocuba and Nicoadala from 2002 to 2006, reaching 44,625 beneficiaries.
From 2006 to 2008 ADRA Mozambique implemented a full health program called COACH (Community Access to Health), with coverage in the districts of Ile, Namarroi, Maganja da Costa and Pebane reaching a total of 40,950 beneficiaries. The project aimed to empower communities through creation and training of Community Health Committees, involving community leaders, elders, and among them traditional birth attendants, teachers and others. The project intervention specifically focused rural communities, emphasizing their access to the National Health Services through training of the Community Health Committees in partnership with the DDS and DPS (district and province representatives of the MOH).
Still related to the health sector of activity, from 2007 to 2010 ADRA Mozambique implemented a project for awareness for malaria prevention and opportunities for treatment, which aimed to contribute for reduction of mortality caused by malaria especially among at-risk individuals defined as women in reproductive age and children under age 5. The project reached four provinces physically while the remaining provinces were reached by messages broadcasted through radio and television.
In July 2009, ADRA began another health program, called SCIP in partnership with World Vision in funding of US$ 7 million, for a period of six years. The components of SCIP program included also the assistance to orphans and vulnerable children.