At the level of Health, ADPP GB has been fighting in the information and sensitization of populations for the prevention and treatment of diseases such as HIV / AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Ebola and Zica. Programs such as Total Epidemic Control are based on the specialized training of Community Health Workers or Field Officers whose function is to identify, inform, guide, mobilize, change behaviors and overturn prejudices and stigmas, hazards, risks, contagion , Prevention and treatment of these diseases in communities.
Community Health Workers
The project operates in the health areas of Oio and Farim in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality through the training of Community Health Agents to act as a bridge between the community and public health institutions. To this end, Community Health Workers are trained and trained to lead the mobilizations of the communities to adhere to the 16 Essential Family Practices, with each Agent being responsible for the follow-up of about 50 families.
In addition to working with communities, the project works to strengthen the competencies of local health authorities, together with the Ministry of Health and regional health teams, thus contributing to the creation of synergies among health partners and agents to ensure Sustainability of the project and the desired results for population development.
TCE – Total Control of the Epidemic is a community mobilization program focused on preventing HIV transmission. The foundation of TCE is that only the people can liberate themselves from the HIV epidemic. The program raises awareness about HIV, mobilizes people to change their behavior and utilize health services such as HIV testing, treatment for HIV (anti- retroviral treatment, ART) treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and opportunistic infections, participation in maternal and child health programs and TB treatment.
ADPP Guinea Bissau, in collaboration with the National Secretariat of Fight against AIDS (SNLS) is implementing TCE program targeting vulnerable young people in Guinea Bissau.
The year 2011 saw the implementation of various activities. Before the starting of the TCE/TB program in October, two activities took place. The activities were the distribution of condoms in Oio region, specifically in Bissorã, Mansõa, Nhacra, Mansabá and Farim sectors. Another of the activities that took place was the continuation of communication for behavior change. The communication and subsequent behavior change activities were done in 700 villages in the regions of Oio, Biombo, Bafatá and Gabú. The 175 passionates, who did duty in the previous program in 2010, were the same who did the campaign for communication for behavior change in the mentioned regions.
In 2015 ADPP Guinéa-Bissau addressed the Ebola outbreaks in the neighboring country Guinea Conakry and in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The outbreak in March 2014 was declared as a public health emergency of international concern by the WHO. By January 2015 the virus had spread in the affected countries and had infected more than 22.000 and killed more than 8.000 people and resulted in serious economical and social consequences in the affected countries.
ADPP Guinéa-Bissau, partnering with IOM (International Organization for Migration), implemented a project to sensitize the population about the Ebola virus and to mobilize for preventive actions. The project focused on the bordering regions with Guinea Conakry (i.e. Gabú and Tombalí) and also the islands of the country, since many fishermen from Guinea Conakry stay there temporarily and also because of the poor sanitary installations in the area.
The main strategy of the project was the use of 15 trios who traveled to the 61 communities, reaching people face-to-face with information about Ebola. The 15 trios mobilized and trained local health workers who joined the campaigns, which empowered the communities and increased the desired-for sustainability of the project.
Campaigns are carried out in which people were explained about Ebola prevention and basic sanitation practices. People were advised to actively participate in announcing suspected Ebola cases, to engage in prevention and healthy sanitation practices and all people were informed about ways and methods to deal with emergency cases.
Water and Sanitation
In order to facilitate access to basic sanitation and hygiene conditions in the communities of Oio, Gabú, Bafatá and Tombali and to improve community structures for water supply and sanitation, the project Moransa Limpo Pus, funded by the European Union .
In order to achieve the final goal of improving the sanitation and hygiene conditions of the 88 beneficiary communities of the project, in 2016, 86 activists were formed whose main tasks were and will be: to raise awareness among the population about hygiene prevention measures for their declaration as Open sky defect-free communities; Construction and improvement of existing latrines, ensure the functioning of sanitation groups in communities and ensure the functioning of Water Resources Associations to manage pumps and sources supplied with solar panels.
Along the same lines, in May 2016, in the Oio region, the program Participation and Community Education in the Region of Oio began. During the year 2016, it focused its initial intervention on the census of 38 water points; In the identification of organizations of the water, hygiene and sanitation sector for the creation of a water and sanitation group in the region similar to the other regions.