Namati Moçambique

Namati champions a method called grassroots legal advocates. This approach places the power of influencing the formulation and implementation of health policy in communities. These grass root level advocates are trained in basic law and in skills like mediation, organizing, education, and advocacy. They form a dynamic, creative frontline that can engage formal and traditional institutions alike. Rather than treating their clients as victims requiring an expert service—“I will solve this problem for you”—health advocates can focus on legal empowerment. “We will solve this together, and afterwards you’ll be in a stronger position to tackle problems like these in the future.” Namati began working in primarily rural areas of two districts in Maputo Province in March of 2013. One year later they launched a partnership with Médicos Sem Fronteiras (Doctors Without Borders) in several sites in and around Maputo city. In May of 2015, they expanded further to two high-volume government health centers in Matola, and in May of this year Namati set up operations in five districts of Inhambane Province. Namati Moçambique was established as an independent legal entity - a national NGO recognized by the Ministry of Justice - in July of 2014. They have grown to a staff of 38, all but one of who are Mozambican nationals. Namati was among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The following is a link to a brief 5-minute video featuring their work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7L7lPGILQ8 ShareThis

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1 Hood Avenue/148 Jan Smuts; Rosebank, GP 2196; South Africa
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