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C-Change Signs MOU with PIRCOM in Mozambique

Thursday, June 10, 2010

PIRCOM and C-Change signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 8, 2010 in Maputo, Mozambique that supports USAID’s efforts to control malaria and water-borne diseases.

Over the next two years, with assistance from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), C-Change will partner with PIRCOM, a faith-based organization, to strengthen its organizational capacity to carry out social and behavior change communication.

Hassan Ismail Makda, head of the Mozambican Islamic Council and vice-president of PIRCOM, signs the MOU while Bishop Dom Dinis Salomao Sengulane, president of PIRCOM, and Thad Pennas, C-Change, look on.This new partnership marks a significant expansion of PIRCOM’s ability to reach at-risk populations with messages and information on malaria and water-borne disease prevention and treatment that tragically claims more than 3,300 lives every year,” said Dom Dinis Salomao Sengulane, Bishop of Libombos and President of PIRCOM. “As an association of faith-based organizations, we believe we have an important duty to reach people of all beliefs with vital, life-saving health information and this new partnership will give us the tools to achieve this objective.”

“Combating malaria and water-borne diseases requires all elements of civil society; communities of faith have special entry points and culturally-appropriate ways of spreading the word and emphasizing the importance of using long-lasting insecticide treated bednets and other essential health actions” said Thaddeus Pennas, Senior Communication Advisor, C-Change.

PIRCOM is a 4-year old organization with representation from 12 different religious bodies (Seventh Day Adventist Church, Anglican Church, Assembly of God, Bahai Community, Mozambican Christian Council, Islamic Council of Mozambique, Islamic Congress of Mozambique, Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, Baptist Church, Hindu Community and Adventist Development and Relief Agency). These faith communities use their individual organizational structures to cascade community mobilization training and convey anti-malaria messaging to the provincial, district, and the community levels.

Since 2006, PIRCOM has been an important partner in efforts to combat malaria and has trained more than 21,169 religious leaders in malaria prevention strategies and messaging that have reached more than 1,575,752 members of the various faith communities.

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