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.
In order to reduce barriers to HIV and MCH services, Mozambique recently introduced innovative community-based (CAG) antiretroviral treatment groups. These are groups of neighbours, family or friends that get together to collect and share the ARV treatment, provide social support, follow up on its members’ health and ensure each other attends a consultation every 6 months.
This post has been written by Dezi Mahotas, UNICEF Mozambique Health Specialist.
“We are the ‘Healthy Generation,’ or ‘Geração Saudável,’” says 18-year-old Edson, a student. “Youth and health should go together, and that is what we try to promote among young people.”
Edson joined the youth group Geração Saudável in 2010. It’s an offshot of Kuplumussana, an association of concerned mothers who advocate on issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Over time, as more young people joined their mothers in helping raise awareness, Geração Saudável was formed specifically for them. The Italian NGO Doctors with Africa CUAMM funded the group, with support from UNICEF. Today, it has grown to 35 members between 12 and 21 years old.
“Remaining healthy guarantees my future as well as that of my country,” says Edson.