COVID-19 Risk Prevention

HAI is working closely with Ministries of Health and community-based organizations to improve knowledge and practices that help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The high-traffic, high-density nature of Mozambique’s major markets and transport centers pose a substantial risk for COVID-19 transmission. Working alongside Mozambique’s Department of Health Promotion, HAI is implementing a communication and education campaign to target low levels of public compliance to government mandated prevention measures—particularly social distancing, use of masks, frequent hand washing, and regular cleaning and disinfection of public places. 

With funding from Vital Strategies’ Resolve to Save Lives Initiative, HAI is training market and transport association members from 16 public markets and 8 transport centers to act as champions of public health behavioral change. This includes expanding knowledge and use of the MOH’s free telehealth platforms “ALO Vida” and “PENSA,” interactive community mobilization activities, and media campaigns in multiple languages.

Risk prevention through access to information and behavioral best-practices has been core to HAI’s response to the COVID pandemic across all of our country programs. In Côte d’Ivoire, HAI is working closely with local NGO partners to ensure they have the supplies and information needed to help vulnerable populations access adapted care services.  In Timor-Leste, HAI played an active role on the Ministry of Health’s COVID Response Teams on Risk Prevention & Community Engagement and Essential Health Services, developing and disseminating targeted materials on respiratory hygiene, social distancing, and pregnancy & postpartum care under COVID-19.


In Timor-Leste, HAI worked with the Ministry of Health to create and distribute informational materials for pregnant and breastfeeding women with answers to questions like:  Should I breastfeed if I’m having symptoms of COVID-19?  Can I transmit coronavirus to my unborn child?

In addition to distributing pamphlets and posters at health facilities and in communities, HAI also helped the MOH extend COVID information in Tetum on social media and via Liga Inan.

Want to find answers to the questions above?  Checkout HAI’s COVID-19 & Breastfeeding Pamphlet, available in Tetum and English.

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[2020-2020] Empowering Local Organizations for a Strengthened COVID-19 response in Mozambique 

This project receives funding support from Vital Strategies via the Resolve to Save Lives initiative, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded effort to strengthen government responses to COVID-19.

[2017-2020] Support of Integrated Maternal and Newborn Care and Liga Inan Scale-Up in Partnership with the Timor-leste Ministry of Health.

This project receives funding support from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade though the Partnership for Human Development.

[2015-2020] Project LINKS: Implementation of Programs for the Prevention Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire under PEPFAR.

This project receives funding support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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