The Road Less Travelled (TRLT) is a project being delivered by Anglican Overseas Aid with support from the Australian Government. The project is committed to working with the nomadic pastoralist communities of Ethiopia and Kenya to improve maternal and child health outcomes.
Starting in 2011, TRLT is a five-year project led by Anglican Overseas Aid which is supporting the efforts of two African organisations, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association in Ethiopia and the Mothers’ Union of the Anglican Church of Kenya. To achieve the objectives of the project, Anglican Overseas Aid is working in partnership with the Nossal Institute for Global Health.
The overall project objectives as agreed by all project partners are to:
- Improve food security, increasing access to adequate nutrition for women and children.
- Increase access to water and sanitation for target communities.
- Improve literacy rates amongst women and children in the target communities which in turn will reduce harmful practices that affect women.
- Achieve behavioural and attitudinal changes in men and boys contributing to greater empowerment of women and girls.
Through the delivery of a range of community-led initiatives and activities, the project aims to achieve its range of objectives by:
- Improving maternal health service provision including increasing the number of births attended by skill birth attendants.
- Enhancing food and water security.
- Increasing the number of trained health and development professionals from local communities.
- Contributing to public and policy dialogue in Australia and around the world on the needs of pastoralist and marginalised communities in Africa.
The Road Less Travelled is an Australian aid project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).