PARTNER

Anglican Diocese of Niassa

REGION

Africa

COUNTRY

Mozambique

LOCATION

Nampula, and in regions

The Diocese of Niassa was established in 1979. It is one of the two Anglican dioceses of Mozambique, both part of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The Diocesan office is based in the city of Lichinga, in the north-west of the country. Project areas for development work are also based in Milange, about eight hours to the south, and Nampula in the north-east of the country.

The Diocese of Niassa is dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the region, particularly those most isolated or vulnerable. The mission arm of the Diocese has a range of projects, with a focus on improving access to clean water and sanitation, and to improving basic health and wellbeing.

Anglican Overseas Aid began a partnership with the Diocese of Niassa in 2010, with commitment to support an extensive network of community volunteer teams called Equipas de Vida or Teams of Life – that the Diocese  had developed over the previous decade.

We work with the Diocese of Niassa on the Community-Led Health and Wellbeing project. This project has a core focus on responding to high levels of HIV infection and associated vulnerability. The program’s success is built on teams of volunteers from each community – called Equipas de Vida or Teams of Life – taking responsibility for community education and action on HIV and AIDS.

This includes door-to-door campaigning to educate communities about how to prevent the spread of HIV, encourage people to be tested, talk about their HIV status and stress the importance of using antiretroviral medication. This approach also allows the teams to reach vulnerable people who don’t have access to testing facilities, usually the disabled and women.

The Equipas also take responsibility for supporting vulnerable people, including those with HIV. The Equipa de Vida model was such a success that the project has expanded to use the Equipas as a platform for identifying and taking action on a range of community issues.

Funding: The Community-Led Health and Wellbeing project is funded by grants from the Australian Government’s aid program and donations from the Australian public.