Hortência was born in Marracuene District in Southern Mozambique. She has almost 20 years of grassroots experience focused on participatory community development and health education. From 1998 to 2003 Hortência worked on a pilot program promoting girls’ education. She then went on to work for ActionAid from 2003 to 2012, first as a Program Facilitator for Stepping Stones, a training package on HIV/AIDS, communication and relationship skills, and subsequently as Field Supervisor for a gender-based violence initiative and a trainer of trainers for Ministry of Health management and nursing students in Maputo, Inhambane and Zambezia Provinces. Hortência joined Namati Moçambique in March of 2013.
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