Manhiça is located 80 kilometers north of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The district has a population of approximately 156,000 people, and is served by the Manhiça Health Research Centre, which partners with CHAMPS to explore local health challenges.
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 Centre was founded in 1996 to conduct biomedical research, with an aim of improving health for Mozambique’s most vulnerable populations. The Centre 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 Centre 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 Centre’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.
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.