With the support of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Peace Corps and the Government of Mozambique and partners are carrying out from August 6, 2022, a health educational television program broadcasting from Gaza province.
The program called “Mentes Positivas” will have a total of 20 sessions of 45 minutes, one per week, where the various partners involved address issues of interest to the health and well-being of adolescents and young people.
The program is broadcasted every Saturday from 5 pm on TV Limpopo, accessible through channels 12 (TMT); 21 (TV Cabo); as well as the digital platforms Facebook and YouTube – Limpopo Channel Moz. It addresses themes relevant to the health and well-being of the adolescent and young population such as gender equality and girl’s empowerment, menstrual management and hygiene, early unions and their implications for the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and young women, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, adherence and retention to antiretroviral treatment, HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, gender-based violence, among others (see here for the full list of themes and scheduled broadcast dates).
This Peace Corps initiative, funded by PEPFAR, is one of the ways the entity has found to continue to engage local communities and contribute to improving the health and well-being of adolescents and youth, even in the absence of volunteers in the country.
Peace Corps partners in this project include the Provincial AIDS Council (CPCS), the District Service of Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS) of Xai-Xai, the Provincial Directorate of Health (DPS), the Provincial Directorate of Education (DPE), the Provincial Service of Social Affairs (SPAS), the Provincial Attorney General’s Office, the non-governmental organizations EGPAF and Nweti, and the community-based youth organizations REDES and JUNTOS.
Peace Corps has been present in Mozambique since 1998, where it has been working, through volunteers, in the areas of education and health, under a memorandum of understanding signed with the Ministries in charge of these sectors. Over this period, more than 1500 American volunteers have worked in the local communities, helping to improve the lives of thousands of Mozambicans.
Learn more about Peace Corps Mozambique by following this link.