MaMA is a registered Charity working to make a difference at a local level in Mandimba District, Mozambique, a group of 75 villages in sub-Saharan Africa. This area is one of the poorest areas in the world, with abysmal health outcomes.
So why Mandimba?
Improving maternal and child health and gaining control over AIDS, TB and malaria are essential to reaching the Millennium Development Goals which the United Nations agreed to as part of a push to halve the number of people living in poverty by 2015.
In order to do so, two things must happen. First - the world must continue to increase its investments in healthSecond - the numerous streams of resources available need to be channelled more effectively
Quote from "Stopping the plagues" by Michel Kazatchkine
We already have a strong relationship with Mandimba, built up through visits during the last six years. It is one of the poorest places in the world, ranking seventh from the bottom in the poor health and poverty league tables. In 2008, we did a survey of the healthcare in this district and our recommendations and strategies form the basis of our activity there and underpin our fundraising efforts this year.
By working in one geographically specific area, we are able to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of our activity. Mandimba District is a group of 75 villages, total population around 200,000 people. Our actions there are driven by local aspirations and needs and are developed at the pace of the community. Successful projects can then be transferred to other villages, using local skills and labour to ensure necessary ownership and sustainability of MaMA actvities.