COUNTRIES: Angola
DURATION: 10/01/2011 - 06/30/2017
FUNDER: USAID
CONTACTasfia.tareen@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The Eye Kutoloka Project improved the ability of city governments and nongovernmental organizations in Angola to jointly deliver quality, basic services including health, education, and waste management.

Eye Kutoloka, a Kumbundo phrase meaning “healthy life and citizen participation,” was a USAID-funded project in Angola dedicated to strengthening nongovernmental organizations through health services delivery and technical assistance. The primary objective of this five-year project was to improve capacity of NGOs and local government to deliver quality basic services related to health, education, water, and other key technical areas to the Angolan population.

The project strengthened the capacity of 17 local NGO partners by providing organizational and technical training to develop NGO staff skills to deliver effective programs in areas of good governance, malaria prevention and treatment, and health. Select NGOs received sub-grants and were mentored to facilitate community organization in order to engage in collective advocacy on priority issues of basic service provision such as health, water, climate change, and education. The strategies for engagement and advocacy with municipal decision makers promoted informed and representative community participation.

Program Goals

  • Improve the capacity of NGOs and local government to deliver quality basic services related to health, education, water, and other key technical areas to the Angolan population.

Achievements

  • Improved trends in malaria mortality and morbidity in eight provinces;
  • Developed 13 Municipality Health Plans for Malange and Uige provinces;
  • Improved capacity for 100 percent of 17 target NGOs, including: human resources management systems, monitoring and evaluation systems with databases, project development and financial management systems, and strategic plans;
  • Improved use of technology and media as human rights tools, including 15 young people trained in technology and human rights;
  • Increased community resilience to climate change; and
  • Conducted advocacy work on public utility status.

Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy (IPTp) report

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in Angola. World Learning’s Eye Kutoloka project, funded by USAID and the U.S. government’s Presidential Malaria Initiative, worked to prevent malaria and improve treatment. For pregnant women this included intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp), in other words medication at key points during pregnancy to prevent women from transmitting malaria to their newborn children. In April 2017, World Learning and Angola’s Ministry of Health published a study “Opportunities and Barriers for the Efficient Delivery of IPTp-SP in Angola” that for the first time analyzed IPTp coverage and roadblocks to effective implementation. Results from the study are now informing national strategies to prevent malaria in pregnancy.

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