Uhayele Kolonjali Viosi
- Período: Feb to Dec 2020
- Contact: email@example.com
MWENHO – a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit association of Women Living with HIV and AIDS
In recent years the Angola government took several steps which led to a gradual decrease of maternal mortality (from 1400 to 285 women deaths per 100.000 new-borns between 1995 and 2016) and an increase of HIV-positive pregnant women undergoing ART to prevent mother-to-child transmission (3% in 2005, compared to 45% in 2014).
But women living with HIV and AIDS remain a key group to fight HIV. Out of the people living with HIV, 59% are women over 15 years of age and the ART coverage to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is only 45%. This is a very concerning statistic as PMTCT has been scientifically proven as an intervention that ensures HIV free babies, contributes to the decrease of infant mortality as well as maternal mortality in HIV positive women. In Angola, the sustainability or deepening of the PMTCT programme is not guaranteed due to recently State’s budget cuts of approximately 34%.
Strengthening the organisation’s institutional capacity to advocate for improved access to quality maternal healthcare services in the province of Bié
- Hiring maternal health research and advocacy consultants who will guide MWNEHO staff with developing evidence-led advocacy strategies to promote quality maternal healthcare in Bié.
- Capacity development to promote good governance, transparency and accountability in the health sector, as well as enhancing citizens’ participation on the issues that affect their daily lives.
Systematized evidence on access to quality maternal health will be disseminated and used to advocate for quality maternal health services in Angola.
Quality maternal health services for all becomes a priority action for different stakeholders from the Health sector in the province of Bié.