Mozambique stretches 2,300 km along the southern east coast of Africa. TLM’s work in the country focuses mostly on Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province. The lingua franca is Portuguese, heritage of the colonial period which ended in 1975 and was followed by many years of civil war before the recent decades of relative stability.
TLM works in support of the Government leprosy control project in Cabo Delgado. One of the features of this programme has been innovative use of mobile phone technology for data recording. ALEMO, an association of persons affected by leprosy, works with TLM support to improve the livelihoods of its members through improved agriculture methods, training and advocacy. A major new project, funded from the UK, aims to improve livelihoods in 89 communities where TLM has strong links with self-care groups, teaching sustainable agriculture methods and starting savings groups. An education project helps keep children affected by leprosy in school and inspire them to break the cycle of poverty. Church community mobilisation also remains a priority and TLM engages in the slow process of training local pastors, sensitising them to their calling and role in the communities where God has placed them.
TLM’s programme in Mozambique is led by Dr Arie de Kruijff, who is from South Africa, and the country budget is £500,000 per year.