Just before the Year’s End, I was part of a very inspiring event. One of the authors of the 2013 Lancet Nutrition Series, Prof. Cesar Victora from the University of Pelotas in Brazil, presented a summary of this Series in a webinar. So in one afternoon, from a comfortable conference room in Maputo, a group of 30 Government staff and development partners were updated on the latest evidence in the area of nutrition, via an excellent connection with the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ministry of Health started this week the distribution of 600 thousand long lasting impregnated bed nets in the Gaza province. This intensified distribution comes as a response to the increased numbers of malaria cases reported in 2013 compared to same period of 2012. This rise in the numbers of cases is attributed to the floods in the beginning of the year when thousands of people were affected.
Luisa’s days in Mozambique are in the count down. We will not tell you how long she has been here but what we will tell you is that it has been long enough for her to get many things done. Worth saying that getting things done is one of the very important things for her!
The BBC has recently published world maps on immunization. In addition to the map, global immunization is featured across all BBC platforms, including their mobile app. See more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24519949
The National Institute of Health – INS, with the support of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), has just launched the Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) website.
The site allows authorized users (Ministry of Health staff at central level, staff of the Provincial Directorates and of Districts, as well as some key partners) to access the whole online database for EID in the country, as well as some graphs, statistics at national or provincial level.
One can search for annual, trimestral or monthly data from 2011 onward. Reports can then be downloaded.
Health partners working on EMTCT and paediatric AIDS services in Mozambique can request access to the database from INS or their immediate MoH contacts at central or provincial levels.
Trends of incidence rate of invasive Hib disease by different age groups before and after Hib conjugate vaccine introduction (introduced in August 2009), in Manhiça District, Southern Mozambique. HibCV, Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine.
An extract from Kate O’Brien, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, letter.
Prior to widespread vaccine introduction, Hib was the most common cause of bacterial meningitis and an important cause of severe pneumonia in children under 5 years old. Hib conjugate vaccines were introduced in developed countries in the early 1990s, resulting in a virtual elimination of Hib disease in those countries.
I know… for the distracted reader you might think that JANS is someone… but no…JANS stands for Joint Assessment of National Strategies, an International Health Partnership’s methodology to assess strengths and weaknesses of national strategies.