COVID-19 Risk Prevention

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


As of October 2021, HAI fully transferred all global operations and active programs in Mozambique and Timor-Leste to CSM & HAMNASA, respectively. Both independent local NGOs with a board, leadership, and staff that reflects the communities they serve.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 activities and follow both CSM & HAMNASA’s full portfolios by clicking any CSM or HAMNASA logo on this website.

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 implemented 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 trained 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 was core to HAI’s response to the COVID pandemic across all of our country programs. In Côte d’Ivoire, HAI worked closely with local NGO partners to ensure they had 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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[2021-2021] Operational support grant – Cyclone Eloise & COVID response

This project received funding support from Direct Relief.

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

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

[2017-2021] Support of Integrated Maternal and Newborn Care and Liga Inan Scale-Up in Partnership with the Timor-leste Ministry of Health [project transferred to HAMNASA for continuation]

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

[2015-2021] Project LINKS: Implementation of Programs for the Prevention Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire under PEPFAR.

This project received 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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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote policies and support programs that strengthen government primary health care and foster social, economic, and health equity for all. Our vision is a just world that promotes health and well-being, including universal access to quality health care.

Our History

Health Alliance International began in 1987 as a US-based international solidarity organization committed to supporting the public sector provision of health care for all.  Over 35 years, HAI conducted programs in 17 countries, with flagship programs in Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, and Timor-Leste.

Our Evolution

In line with HAI’s commitment to support and strengthen local public health leadership, as of October 2021, HAI fully transitioned global operations and active programs to locally-based, locally-led NGOs. Learn more about this shift toward local autonomy and equity in global health.

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