The Healthy Women and Girls Project (MRS) is a four-year project (May 2017 to June 2021) funded by Global Affairs Canada / World Affairs Canada (GAC) and by individual Canadian donors, implemented by Plan International Mozambique and N ' weti - Communication for Health. This transformative gender relations project aims to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and neonatal health in underserved populations in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, through a comprehensive approach that addresses both supply and demand side barriers with a specific focus on adolescent girls.
MRS will achieve its results facing the challenges posed by Premature and Forced Marriage (CPFC) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SSR) / Maternal and Neonatal Health (NMS), including early pregnancy in girls and women in Nampula Province , through the use of a three-pronged approach. Firstly, on the supply side, the project includes direct work with the national and district health systems of the Government of Mozambique to strengthen and improve its gender sensitive and child-sensitive SRH / NMS services. Second, on the demand side, the project seeks to raise awareness, collaborate, and work to change the attitudes of community members, health professionals, religious / traditional leaders, and midwives toward early marriage and other social norms that increase precocious pregnancy, thereby reducing the health risks of girls and young women. Finally, MRS works at the level of the enabling environment, through advocacy and lobbying seeking legal reform for the marriage age of not less than 18 years of age, without exception.
The MRS project aims to reach more than 37,600 people, including 6,500 adolescents (50% girls) through girls 'and boys' clubs and 30,000 adults (60% women) through women's and men's groups in Community Dialogue (CD). Most of these clubs and groups will be established in the rural districts of Moma and Mogovolas to facilitate training and community dialogues on issues related to SRH / NMS and CPFC rights, including early or unwanted pregnancies. The project will also reach target populations through mass media (SMS, radio, theater), community campaigns and establishment of savings groups.
In addition, women, men and adolescents (girls and boys) in Moma and Mogovolas, in particular, will benefit from project support to reform selected Health Units and strengthen referral systems. A total of six (06) Health Units (US) will be covered in Moma and Mogovolas (3 US per district) and a Reference Hospital in the city of Nampula. The project covers 10 communities within the service areas of each US in Moma and Mogovolas, and 2 communities / neighborhoods in the city of Nampula, totaling 62 communities / neighborhoods.