The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) programmes in Cabo Delgado work to improve the health of the province’s people. The populations of Ibo and Quissanga suffer from particularly poor health and nutrition, with infant mortality at 187 per thousand and the child mortality rate at 277. Life expectancy is under 40 years.
To reverse the conditions that these indicators reveal, the Foundation is supporting provincial and local efforts, including:
- Training and developing the capacity of health personnel;
- Supporting community-based construction of hygiene and water and sanitation facilities;
- AIDS awareness education delivered through village and women’s organisations;
- Vaccination campaigns.
In 2013, the number of community health workers trained by AKF doubled from nearly 360 to 720. These workers are expected to reach 79,600 women of reproductive age and their children under five in 200 villages. Through the AKF community-based savings groups, more than 4,800 people (53 percent women) can access a safe place to save and access credit on flexible terms to meet investment, consumption and emergency needs.