In Mozambique, APEs (Agente Polivalente Elementares) are community health workers who bring the management of childhood diseases to village level. Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) provides community based-care for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, focusing on the widespread use of diagnostics, appropriate treatment and community health education.
The APEs have amazing stories. Like Miguel, who went from mechanic to health worker in three months, and is now diagnosing and treating children in his own home, whenever he is needed, or walking to remote villages to educate neighbouring communities about hygiene and health.
Read Miguel’s story here.
Malaria Consortium is currently supporting the Ministry of Health to implement the APEs strategy in 12 districts. With a focus on operational research and innovations, the inSCALE project aims to find cost-effective ways to keep APEs well motivated and supervised, increasing quality of work and retention. At the same time, inSCALE advocates for a rapid scale-up of such child-saving programs to at least 33% of districts in Mozambique.