Manhiça is located 80 kilometers north of Maputo, and has a population of approximately 156,000 people. The Manhiça Health Research Centre, partners with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (IS Global), and the National Institute of Health (INS) to establish CHAMPS in Mozambique.
Child mortality is high across Mozambique: at least 79 out of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday. While these statistics have decreased over recent years, the country still suffers from prevalent malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections, and diarrheal diseases, as well as lagging maternal and child health interventions.
“Mozambique is proud to continue under CHAMPS the pioneering work on post-mortem sampling that will, for the first time, produce robust estimates on what is killing children in this part of the world,” says Dr. Inácio Mandomando, Deputy Scientific Director.
The Manhiça Health Research Center was founded in 1996 to conduct biomedical research, with an aim of improving health for Mozambique’s most vulnerable populations. The Center helps train research and technical staff with assistance from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). In addition to supporting Manhiça’s health care needs, the Center has piloted or participated in a number of major research projects, including the recent CaDMIA study.
CaDMIA explored tools and methodologies for determining cause of death through minimally invasive autopsies, with a specific focus on the feasibility of such approaches in a variety of cultural, geographic and religious contexts.
The Center’s vision is to be a center of excellence in biomedical research that generates evidence to guide public health policy in countries around the world – a goal it shares with CHAMPS.
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between the "la Caixa" Foundation", academic institutions and government bodies to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.
ISGlobal is a consolidated hub of excellence in research that has grown out of work first started in the world of health care by the Hospital Clínic and the Parc de Salut MAR and in the academic sphere by the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the institute’s Education and Policy and Global Development departments.
Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.
Mozambique’s National Institute of Health (INS) was established in 1991 as an institution within the Ministry of Health. The INS generates technical-scientific information in the area of health so that decisions in the health sector can be based on evidence. Major functions of the ministry include research, disease surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, outbreak investigation, and training for public health professionals.
The 104 employees of the National Institute of Health, headed by Dr. Ilesh Jani, are working to fulfill their mission to participate in the improvement of the well-being of the people of Mozambique and aims to be the national reference point in the generation and promotion of technical and scientific solutions to the country’s health issues.