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Aluminium company Mozal has made US$2 million available to finance community development projects this year.
Speaking on Thursday at Matola-Rio in Boane during a meeting with interested parties, Mozal Director of Foreign Affairs and Community Development Mateus Mosse says the funds were being invested in various intervention areas
Projects are being implemented in Maputo province in Boane, Matola, Manhiça, Moamba, Marracuene and Magude, according to needs in the areas of education, health, social protection and children, sustainable development, HIV/Aids, territorial development, agro-business, entrepreneurship and water, among others.
“This initiate distributed school desks in Boane, and in the last six months we have secured funds to extend the program to 13 secondary schools in the Matola district,” Mosse said.
Matola administrator Júlio Paruque said that there were two projects financed by MOZAL in his area of jurisdiction, one which was distributing two thousand desks in secondary schools, and the other a road safety initiative covering about 300,000 thousand children.
Among other projects currently underway, Mosse highlighted one which will improve conditions at the Beluluane Health Centre, by expanding and constructing porches to save patients from waiting for care in direct sunlight or rain.
Also in the area of health, a family counselling programme on the prevention of common diseases such as HIV/Aids was also revealed. The programme had identified people affected by Aids, of whom about 7,000 were being assisted and monitored within families.
“The programme is also screening for tuberculosis and helping communities mobilise to address the health care needed to combat this disease,” Mosse said. The initiative had created 21 attendance and monitoring groups authorised to collect medicines and deliver them to patients at home.
Victor Cossa of the “Goodbye Malaria” program said that a malaria program supported by MOZAL and other non-governmental organisations had been operating in Boane district since 2013, reducing the incidence from 24,000 cases to about 13,000 thousand in 2016.
This project, which is part of the Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland initiative to eliminate malaria by 2030, is also supported by the Global Fund. According to Cossa, it is also being implemented in Magude and Marracuene districts, and is to be extended to other provinces in the near future.Source: Rádio Moçambique
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