iCCM in Mozambique is currently considered to be in a stage of expansion. The agentes polivalentes elementares da saúde (APE) or polyvalent elementary health workers’ roles are: to improve the health status of the community through promotional and preventive activities; to carry out some first aid services and provide community case management for malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infections for children; and to serve as link between the community and the health personnel. In general, each APE is responsible for 500 to 2,000 inhabitants depending on the population density and access to health facilities. The Ministry of Health, with technical and financial assistance from partners at both central and field level, continues in its effort to ensure maximum quality during all the phases of micro planning, testing, implementation and monitoring of this new program. As of May 2012, the plan was launched in 8 pilot districts for testing and CHWs were being trained in an additional 42 of the 144 districts of the country. Nearly 2,000 APEs have been trained in c-IMCI and deployed.
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1. UNICEF. Review of Systematic Challenges to the Scale-up of Integrated Community Case Management: Emerging Lessons & Recommendations from the Catalytic Initiative (CI/IHSS). New York, NY: 2012.
Year of Introduction
Identification and treatment of diarrhea (with ORS and zinc), pneumonia (with antibiotics), and malaria (with mRDTs and ACTs)
To be confirmed
Name for Service Provider
Agente polivalente elementare da saúde (APE) (English:polyvalent elementary health worker)