Every last child is the slogan of a campaign that aims at eradicating POLIO. There are several aspects of this campaign that are interesting…
We are actually very close to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Last year only 223 cases of the disease were registered. In 1988 when the Global eradication initiative started 1.000 children were paralyzed everyday by polio.
It is a very concrete example of health as a public good! As the virus attacks communities that are not protected, the immunization of each individual is in everyone’s interest.
It brings together UN Technical Agencies (WHO and UNICEF) and key donors (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rotary to the benefit of children and populations all over the world.
This video illustrates some of the main challenges of access to health care in Mozambique
Health professionals from the Tete province talk about the barriers poor Mozambicans have to overcome to finally reach a health facility. The video also looks at the health system and illustrates some of the everyday limitations of it.
The video is produced by Action for Global Health, a network of European NGOs that is present in the country.
From left to right are Teodato Hunguana, Chair of the Board (Mcel), Dr. Mouzinho Saíde (MISAU) and Dr. Emanuele Capobianco (UNICEF)
This newsflash was prepared by Emídio Machiana who is happy to give you more details and information in case of need.
UNICEF signed today a partnership agreement with the major national mobile telecommunications provider Mcel and the Ministry of Health (MISAU), which would see all Mcel mobile telephone subscribers receive Facts for Life text messages once a month.
I returned Tuesday late afternoon after an intense week of work in the areas affected by the recent flooding in Gaza province. They were days full of impressions, meetings, report writing and not much sleep. Here are some of my thoughts, still fresh from the field.
I am just back after a week visiting local authorities and health facilities in the province of Tete. I was accompanied by ten other colleagues from the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Directorate and Irish, Swiss and Danish development agencies. All together, we were one of the teams that participated in the field visits as part of the ACA XII.
ACA stands for Annual Joint Evaluation (Avaliação Conjunta Anual) and it looks at what the partnership between the Government of Mozambique and its international partners has achieved towards improving the health status of Mozambican people.
The most viewed post on Saude e Vida so far has been a fascinating video on cholera. Yesterday I found this other video which is just as brilliant. It talks about a better future for girls in poor countries. A future without aids, without early marriage, without unwanted pregnancies. A future of education, good health, freedom and happiness. Have a look at the video and be inspired: let us build a more just world, one girl at a time!
In the Mozambican media, one serious topic dominates the news this week: on Monday, January 6, the Mozambican Medical Association called for a strike of doctors in the entire country. Doctors have been demanding higher salaries, and better housing conditions for quite some time. In response to doctors’ requests last December, the Government had proposed some improvements that appear not to be enough for the doctors. So, there’s an ongoing strike and Mozambican patients in hospitals and health centres around the country are being affected in various degrees.
In this post I will not dwell into the impact of the strike or into the content of the negotiations between the Ministry of the Health of Mozambique and the Medical Association. I just want to raise a more general question applicable to health workers around the world. The question is: should doctors go on strike? There is no black and white answer to this question, but this is what I think.
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This post has been written by Luisa Brumana, Senior HIV Specialist in UNICEF Mozambique
Last Saturday, December 1st, I attended the central ceremony for commemoration of World AIDS Day, which this year in Mozambique concentrated on the theme: “É possível acabar com a transmissão do HIV de Mãe para o Filho”- or in English, “It is possible to stop transmission of HIV from mother to child”.
When the National AIDS Council (CNCS), through its Communication Group, asked for support in identifying women who had gone through the Preventing Mother-to-Child transmission (PMTCT) programme and who could come and provide their testimony about their experience, I immediately thought about the mothers of the association Kuplumussana. In the Sena language, Kuplumussana means “Save One Another”.