Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.





In a country with high HIV prevalence, women in Mozambique are even more likely to be affected by HIV. Recognizing that gender inequalities and gender-based violence fuel the spread of HIV, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched its Gender-Based Violence Initiative as part of the overall effort to prevent HIV. Mozambique is committed to reducing gender-based violence and has established a policy framework to address gender equality and gender factors related to HIV, and to prohibit acts of violence against women.

What We Do

In Mozambique, the Health Policy Project (HPP) strengthens the capacity of local, indigenous organizations to integrate gender and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response into existing HIV programs as a way to reduce GBV and prevent the spread of HIV—particularly among women, orphans, and vulnerable children. As a result, these organizations will help increase women’s access to crucial health services and address factors that reduce GBV.

Strengthen Local Capacity to Integrate Gender

The FHI 360 Capable Partners Program (CAP) works with more than 20 local organizations to strengthen their capacity to design, implement, manage, and monitor HIV programs and other activities. HPP is collaborating with CAP to mainstream gender into the capacity-building guidance it provides to local partner organizations.

HPP also strengthens the capacity of select CAP-supported organizations to integrate gender and GBV into their existing HIV programs and to strengthen their use of data to design, monitor, and evaluate programs. In turn, these groups are able to help ensure gender initiatives reach communities within the scope of current programs, enhancing access to HIV services and reducing GBV.

Advance the Skills of Local Gender Experts

Given the importance of cultural and political contexts pertaining to gender and HIV issues, HPP draws upon local experts who are members of gender and GBV networks and organizations as part of the technical support team. Working with individuals who are already linked with local networks will also help in recruiting other individuals who are committed to supporting gender and GBV efforts in Mozambique while strengthening the capacity of their organizations over the long term.  

Photo of HPP workshop participants wearing their gender lenses?a tool from the workshop to encourage participants to view their projects, as well as their community and society in general, with an eye on gender.
Health Policy Project
HPP workshop participants wearing their gender lenses—a tool from the workshop to encourage participants to view their projects, as well as their community and society in general, with an eye on gender.

Recent Progress and Achievements

  • HPP conducted gender training sessions for U.S. Mission staff in Mozambique.
  • In February 2012, HPP organized the first gender integration workshop for 21 individuals from seven local Mozambican partners.

Publications and Resources

RAPID Mozambique

Preventing Gender-based Violence: A Training Manual

Estimated Resource Needs and Impact of Mozambique’s Plano Estratégico do Sector Saúde, 2014-2019

PEPFAR Gender and HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet (PDF)

Integrating Gender and Gender-Based Violence into HIV Programs: Mozambique Workshop Report
This workshop applied five participatory and interactive modules to build the capacity of participants to use practical skills and tools to integrate GBV prevention and responses into existing HIV programs.


HPP Supports Gender Training in Mozambique
In August 2011, HPP helped develop and conduct a three-day training on gender issues for U.S. Government mission staff, health managers, and PEPFAR implementing partners in Mozambique.

Photos: HPP Gender Workshop in Mozambique
HPP conducted a three-day workshop on gender integration and gender-based violence in Maputo as part of the PEPFAR Gender-Based Violence Initiative in Mozambique.


HPP collaborates with a range of in-country and international partners in Mozambique, including: 

  • FHI 360 Capable Partners Program (CAP II)
    • N’weti
    • Rede Contra o Abuso de Menores (Rede CAME)
    • Associação Moçambicana Mulher e Educação (AMME)
    • Núcleo das Associações Femininas da Zambézia (NAFEZA)
    • HACI (formerly Hope for African Children Initiative)
    • Rede Moçambicana de Organizacões contra SIDA (MONASO)
    • Conselho Cristão de Moçambique (CCM)
  • PEPFAR Gender-Based Violence Working Group
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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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