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Marta's introduction

Maputo project participant

Posted 11:23PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Pacific Time

My name is Marta Felícia da Consolata André. I'm an activist in the Youth-Friendly Health Services (YFHS) and I'm 17 years old, I was born on 28 February 1990 in Missumba, in Niassa province, and currently I live with my parents and brothers in the Eduardo Mondlane neighbourhood in Gondola, one of the richest districts in the central province of Manica. I'm an 8th grade student in the Mazicuera General Secondary School.

When I was 15 I became impassioned about speaking in public about the diseases which affect us girls. In this context, in November 2005, I benefited from training about HIV and AIDS, pregnancy, premature marriage and sexual abuse. From them until today I have been working as an activist in the YFHS at the Gondola health centre.

Fortunately, from the Gondola health centre I became involved in mobilisation and consciousness-raising activities in the communities of my district, undertaken by the non-Governmental Organisations that work in partnership with the Manica Provincial Health Directorate, mainly GESOM (Manica Social Education Group), through its mobile unit project, with financial support from UNICEF for its activities. I have also participated in the activities of another NGO, Health Alliance International (HAI).

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