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Literacy Project is a success in Quibala Photo : G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

Believing that education and Randall Peterson, and ExxonMobil Foundation’s executive officers. Reknowledge are a vital part in cent data suggests that currently about 70% of the Angolan workforce are the development of a comwomen and a large percentage of them are illiterate. Considering these munity, Alfalit Angola made statistics, Minister Lino pointed out that “by promoting literacy in an possible the dream of 605 extremely important segment of the Angola population, both USAID and residents of the municipality ExxonMobil Foundation are contributing to laying out the foundations of of Quibala, in the province an economically sustainable country.” of Kwanza Sul. Alfalit organized a graduation ceremony, in which 605 students, a group that included more than 400 women, received a diploma that marked the Women received diplomas that marked the successful completion of a basic literacy program. successful completion of a basic literacy The funding of this program, program. which focused on providing basic education and life skills training to women and girls unable to access the formal education system, was made possible through a new partnership with Alfalit, part of the Development Grants Program (DGP), and in conjunction with the support of ExxonMobil. The ceremony, which was a tremendous success, was attended by Angolan government officials, including the Minister of Family and Women’s Affairs, Genoveva Women of the Municipality of Quibala that completed the program of Literacy of Lino, the provincial vice governor representing the Ministry of Education, Alfalit Angola. Photo by G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola) Fernanda Cabral de Almeida, as well as USAID/Angola Mission Director,

Photo by G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

USAID/Angola supports Polio Campaign

Minister of Health, Dr. Jose Van-Dúnem, vaccinated the first child at the kick off campaign in municipality of Cazenga.

The eradication of Polio in Angola remains a challenge to USAID/Angola and its partners. Envisaging better health care systems, USAID/Angola joined efforts with the Angolan government, WHO and the Core Group to conduct another Polio campaign on April 28 to 30. Since 2005, USAID/Angola has supported WHO with $1. million to work with the MOH to strengthen surveillance and data management on polio, and provided $260,000 to the Core Group work with communities to intensify and improve routine immunizations and identify new polio cases . In 2011, Angola registered 25 new cases of polio, despite the numerous campaigns conducted. One the challenges of the campaign to eradicate Polio in Angola is the small scale which inhibits reaching all children under five years. To overcome this challenge, the MOH and its partners are implementing this year a new strategy that features more community involvement in the campaign. This campaign was nationwide and is strongly supported by the Government of Angola and all its partners including WHO, CDC, the Core Group, and the Rotary Club). Additional campaigns are planned for later in 2011.

Photo Credit : G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

I am pleased to present to you the first edition of our USAID/Angola newsletter cleverly titled Gindungo, a type of hot chilli pepper grown here in Angola. The purpose of this hot and exciting newsletter is to provide a quarterly report of the news and events that highlight the value of our contributions towards advancing genuine development in Angola. USAID/Angola’s vision is to improve Angola’s capacity to overcome key challenges and create real change that enhances the quality of life for all Angolans. To help Angola realize its potential for growth and development, USAID/Angola Randall Peterson promotes change in many areas of crucial need such as the health sector, democratic and governance processes, economy opportunities, basic education, and the development of local non-governmental organizations. With a budget of $80 million for 2010, our activities to enhance quality health care include: expanding access to health services, protecting communities against malaria, HIV, polio, and other infectious diseases; increasing access to potable water and sanitation facilities; supporting family planning; and increasing institutional capacity to plan and manage health programs. In the democracy and governance sector, we provide assistance to key governance institutions to be more responsive to citizens' requests while improving the delivery of social services and implementation of public resources. In addition, we are increasing economic opportunities by supporting farmers in their efforts to increase production and the quality of produce, enabling them to sell in domestic and foreign markets. We are also working closely with the Central Bank and Ministry of Finance to improve transparency in fiscal policy, and to strengthen trade and investment through policy reform. USAID/Angola is very proud of the work we are doing through the Development Grants Program (DGP), whose main goal is to ensure that smaller local organizations are given greater access to direct USAID funding. We currently have seven DGP partners managing $3 million working in the areas of water management, women’s empowerment, adult literacy, and microfinance. Through one of our DGP partners, we are implementing a new education program that will advance the links between education and economic empowerment by incorporating entrepreneurship into the public school curriculum. Our successes and the lessons learned during the implementation of all our programs have been achieved through the combined efforts of our dedicated partners and the staff of USAID, working arduously in partnership with the Government of Angola and private companies investing in fostering real progress in Angola. We are definitely on our way to making 2011 another important year of engaging in challenging development work that aims at designing and implementing viable programs that truly make a difference in Angola. Later on this year, USAID will celebrate its 50th anniversary a legacy filled with incredible accomplishments in providing people the opportunity to build better futures for themselves. In the same manner, USAID/Angola will also commemorate 15 years in Angola in 2011 having provided more than $1 billion in development and humanitarian assistance during that time. 2011 marks a year of celebration that highlights the global impact of our work. Many thanks to all those who have played an important part of this history. We hope you enjoy our first edition of Gindungo and we look forward to issuing more editions in the future. Sincerely, Randy Peterson

USAID-PMI Efforts Against Malaria In 2010, as part of a program that aims to prevent malaria in Angola, USAID/Angola and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) donated more than six million dollars in malaria prevention and treatment products, including bed nets, rapid Demonstration of use of Bed Nets to the comdiagnostic tests, and the munity, M'banza Kongo , Province of Zaire. drug coartem. The funding was made possible Angola is one of the 15 original through the President’s Malaria countries benefiting from PMI and Initiative (PMI), an initiative it is intended to cover the treatlaunched in 2005, that is led by the ment needs in all provinces and all U.S. Agency for International Dehealth centers in the country. velopment and implemented toIn cooperation with the Angolan gether with the Centers for Disease Ministry of Health, PMI includes in Control (CDC). As a key component its programs several interventions of President Obama’s Global of great impact that include the Health Initiative, PMI’s funding has distribution of more than 2 million been extended through fiscal year bed nets, indoor residual spraying, 2014, and a new six-year malaria and increasing the availability of strategy has coartem to pregnant The mosquito net is the strategy to been develwomen and children prevent malaria in Angola. The oped. Under under the age of Ministry of Health recommends the the new five , the training of regular use of it for protection strategy, the health professionals against mosquito bites that transmit goal of PMI and strengthening of the disease . is to work health systems in the with partners to halve the burden country. of malaria in 70 percent of the atSince the start of this initiative in risk populations in sub-Saharan 2005, PMI has already contributed Africa (approximately 450 million more than $90 million in programpeople), thereby removing malaria ming funding to support the preas a major public health problem vention and treatment of malaria and promoting development in all provinces of Angola. throughout Africa.

Photo Credit : Alison Bird/USAID

Mission Director, Randall Peterson

Malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, kills about one million people around the world every year. In Angola, malaria is one of the largest causes of morbidity and mortality and is endemic in all provinces. This is why insecticide-treated bed nets have become literally life savers. The Mentor Initiative distributing bed nets in M'banza Kongo Health Center Province of Zaire. Photo credit: Alison Bird/USAID

USAID/Angola Holds Meeting with Implementing Partners

Photo Credit : G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

Photo Credit : G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

On February 23, 2011, USAID/Angola held a meeting with all of its impleit leading to more small enterprise startups and more creative and fulmenting partners in the country. The event took place at the US Embassy filled employees and individuals. Their long term results will provide a in Luanda and around fifty people linked to USAID/Angola participated. more productive future for 15,000 people and a better educated, more The main goal of this meeting was to bring people together to address skilled and more capable workforce. This ADPP education project incross cutting issues in order to cludes basic academic and provide better services and help technical education, entrethe Angolan people. The event preneurship training, educawas kicked off by USAID Mission tion for out-of-school youth, Director, Randall Peterson. literacy and numeracy for The meeting included presentaadults and teacher training tions from Population Services for a more productive future. International (PSI), Ajuda de The main focus areas are Desenvolvimento de Povo para Cabinda, Luanda, Bengo, Povo (ADPP) and USAID/Angola’s Benguela and Huambo. Development Outreach Communications (DOC) team about their The USAID/Angola Developwork strategies. PSI/Angola prement Outreach Communicasented its strategy on advocacy, tions team took this opporcommunication and voluntary tunity to reinforce their relatesting against HIV/AIDS in Angola. tions with USAID implementHilda Culeba talked about the ing partners. DOC Specialist MARPs project, a project that en- Partners meeting at USAID/Angola Claudia Caldeira led a presenvisages reducing HIV incidence by Photo Credit : G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola) tation on how the Developpreventing HIV transmission bement Outreach Communicatween their sexual partners. Culeba also discussed the implementation tions team conducts its work and how to improve its relationship with provinces and target groups, which include sex workers, their clients, the implementing partners. The DOC Specialist pointed out some of the truckers and their assistants, and men who have sex with men. For this most important ways to work with the implementing partners, including, project PSI has Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and press events, development of informational materials, site visits and Acção Humana as partners. In terms of social marketing, PSI is distribupdating website content. uting 2,500,000 condoms, using high risk outlets. Regarding research, PSI This was an opportunity for implementing partners to reach out to the is focusing on gathering valuable information by conducting a framework DOC and get their word out to the Angolan public. analysis for qualitative research in social marketing. USAID/Angola Mission Director Randall Peterson, expressed his satisfacADPP presented the Education for a Productive Future project, which is tion with the meeting with USAID’s implementing partners, and called funded by USAID and aims to provide access to quality education for a for future meetings to promote these programs and educate the Angobroad section of the community and to promote an entrepreneurial spirlan people on the work of USAID/Angola and its implementing partners.

PSI/Angola representatives presenting MARPs project, a project that

ADPP representative presenting the new ADPP project Education for a

envisages reducing HIV incidence by preventing HIV transmission be-

Productive Future.

tween sexual partners.

Photos by G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

Members of Camenhe Cooperative at Vale do Cavaco. Photos by G. Figueiredo (USAID/Angola)

Ambassador McMullen and his wife, Laurel talking to Estevao Rodrigues from CLUSA

CLUSA/ProAgro Welcomes Delegation from US Embassy in Benguela

On his first official visit to the province of Benguela, US Ambassador The delegation then met with Camenhe Cooperative at Vale do Cavaco, Christopher McMullen, accompanied by his wife, Laurel McMullen, the which represents 84 producers of bananas and various vegetables, includUSAID Mission Director, Randall Peterson, and other members of the US ing 20 women producers, and listened attentively as members discussed Embassy, had the opportunity to see first-hand the great work realized by their history, status and business prospects. Afterwards, the delegation the USAID-supported ProAgro site. ProAgro Angola is an agricultural and watched a dramatic play produced the Group Twayovoka, where they Financial Development Program, implemented by the Cooperative League learned how the cooperatives function, their business perspectives, and of United States of America (CLUSA) and cothe benefits of timely loan payments. Ambassador McMulfinanced by USAID/Angola and Chevron, in len and Randall Peterson were also able to speak directly partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, with the farmers benefiting from the CLUSA/ProAgro proRural Development and Fishing. The Ambasgram in Benguela. In order to reinforce and continue their sador and his delegation were presented by development objectives, CLUSA/ProAgro Angola, in collabCLUSA representatives with an overview of oration with their partners, has committed to support a their activities and program goals attained, number of actions that must be achieved in the future, such as the increase in productivity resulting namely: the finalization of legalization of cooperatives and from the adoption of best practices for bathe registration of their respective properties; providing nana growers. In Benguela, ProAgro is assistassistance in the creation of accountability and manageing over 500 banana and vegetable produc- Products showed by Camenhe cooperative ment centers, which will become pilot hubs for the proers (22% of whom are women), all of which members at Vale do Cavaco, Benguela. cessing and commercialization of agricultural products; are organized into 7 primary cooperatives. Photo by G.Figueiredo, USAID/Angola facilitating capacity building among leaders and managers They have implemented numerous effective interventions that include for the self-management of the cooperatives and the continued assisthe strengthening of the farmers and cooperatives in the areas of finance, tance to its members; reinforcing financial education practices among the input supply, and the expansion and modernization of banana production members of the cooperatives; and providing assistance in the installation and their market linkages. of display fields and nurseries for the reproduction of banana plants.


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