Health & Social Services
Angola in brief
With every sixth child died before the age of five Angola ranks long term among the countries with the highest child mortality in the world. Malnutrition belongs among the major causes of death as malnourished children succumb to common diseases easily and health care is often not available.
At the turn of 2011 and 2012 the southern part of the country was hit by unusual drought, with only half of the normal rainfall. Residents of villages and suburban areas have lost their crops, which are often their only source of livelihood, and prices of basic foodstuffs rose at the market at the same time. The first survey among 1,000 children under five showed that malnutrition in the province of Bie reached 15-20%. In autumn 2012, PIN joined a wider group of organizations fighting malnutrition in Angola. Our work is a community-oriented. In villages and suburban areas that do not have adequate access to health care, we train community health volunteers to identify malnourished children, who are then provided with special protein feeeding. At the same time people, we teach parents how to improve their hygiene and eating habits to prevent malnutrition; and support those whose children´s health status do not improve to visit a health facility.