PITCH H&O Mozambique Muleide
PITCH H&O Mozambique Muleide
INSIDA (Inquérito Nacional de Vigilância, Comportamento e Informação) data indicates high levels of HIV and AIDS among adolescents and young people aged 14 to 24 years. Also, AGYW and YPLHIV face high levels of GBV and lack comprehensive information and access to quality services.
In 2018, AGYW partners intend to reach out to more young people in urban and rural areas bringing the approach of male involvement of adolescents and young people to break gender norms that perpetuate GBV. Partners will empower AGYW on HIV and SRHR and with leadership skills, through trainings and support groups. They will furthermore work with community and religious leaders and health service providers to provide and create friendly services, and will refer adolescents and young people to sexual and reproductive health services.
In Mozambique, there is often a lack of coordination between organizations working in the same (public health) areas, making it difficult to reach the desired results. The PITCH AGYW partners will work together, and will link up with others, to achieve clear and satisfactory results for AGYW and YPLHIV.
Ressano Garcia, Matola Gare, Maputo
Muleide will contribute to the following ToC outcomes:
S1: Healthcare providers and police are sensitised on the rights of AGYW.
S2: Advocacy agenda set: action plan for community-led organisations in place and common objectives identified for coalition building.
S3: Systematic mechanisms developed to build and disseminate evidence on human rights violations, and to hold the government to account.
S4: Relationships with stakeholders, allies and champions among the community, NGOs and within the government established.
M1: Community-led organisations and inclusive coalitions have the institutional capacity to advocate for their rights and needs.
M2.1: Governmental institutions are committed to establishing alliances with community-led organisations and coalitions.
M2.2: Healthcare providers and police have improved capacity to provide services based on the needs of AGYW.
M3: AGYW have enhanced capacity to assert their sexual, reproductive and human rights.
L1.1: Strong, mobilised communities work together with community leaders and service providers to reduce violence and stigma affecting AGYW.
L1.2: All AGYW have access to friendly and appropriate integrated health services.
500 AGYW and YPLHIV directly and over 1500 people in communities
PITCH seeks to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organisations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and uphold the human rights of key populations. Our work centres around key populations, adolescent girls and young women in nine countries in East, West and Southern Africa, South-East Asia, and Central Europe. These communities in many contexts carry the main HIV burden. At the same time, they are often neglected in the HIV response and face many barriers in accessing HIV and SRH services as well as human rights violations. PITCH addresses this urgent gap, and is reactive and responsive to local needs/urgencies that have been identified in its geographical foci.
Mozambique is an HIV high-burden country with an estimated 1.5 million Mozambicans having acquired the HIV virus by 2015. Consistent with Eastern and Southern Africa epidemiological patterns, the epidemic is reported to be stabilizing. However, Mozambique continues having one of the highest prevalence rates worldwide. The HIV epidemic has largely been driven by heterosexual transmission through unprotected sex in stable couples and through casual heterosexual encounters. The latest 2009 data indicates that national average prevalence rate was 11.5% among people aged 15-49. In Mozambique, women become HIV infected earlier, largely have higher prevalence levels over time and have a higher peak of infection than men. Unequal gender norms are the main drivers for the unequal distribution of HIV among men and women.