Protecting the most vulnerable
Helping the most vulnerable during the COVID emergency is a priority.
Many of ADPP’s projects, particularly in the health sector, are aimed at supporting the most vulnerable sections of the community. Working with people living with HIV, or with TB is particularly important during the crisis. Non-adherence to treatment can have catastrophic consequences: people living with TB risk prolonging the duration and intensity of the illness, or developing drug resistant TB. ADPP activists continue to follow people on TB treatment in Luanda, organizing collection and delivery of medicine where possible. This is also being done for HIV+ pregnant women in Cuando Cubango, since those who adhere strictly to the PMTCT programme throughout their pregnancy are almost guaranteed to have babies who are “born free” of HIV.
- Through a partnership with the company CONTRAVEN, ADPP has produced and distributed face masks to vulnerable people in Luanda
- Together with the UNCHR, ADPP is disseminating information, distributing soap and single-use towels, and setting up handwashing points at the Lóvua refugee camp in Lunda Norte. The establishment of school gardens to produce food for pre-school children is continuing.
- In Cunene, ADPP has donated 7 tons of used clothing and is working with the authorities to make sure it is distributed to those most in need. 792 families in the four most vulnerable municipalities will benefit from family packages of clothing.
- The local administration in Ramiros, Luanda, has provided temporary housing for the homeless. Staff and students from the ADPP Teacher Training College in Ramiro are giving lessons in Portuguese, Maths and Physical Education.
- ADPP is seeking funds from other partners to provide emergency food parcels, since adequate food is necessary to accompany the strong TB medication.