Mozambique has hardly any health personnel—0.8 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, according to WHO data. Manhiça, however, is an exception.
CISM has had a notable impact on Manhiça District Hospital, in terms of both developing its infrastructure and improving the clinical treatment of patients. Where today there is a district hospital with trained health personnel and a growing number of patients, in the early 1990s there was merely a health centre.
The improvement of the clinical management of patients treated at Manhiça District Hospital—especially women and children—is one of CISM’s greatest achievements over the past 25 years.
With support from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD), the European Union and the Government of Mozambique through its Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Technology, CISM has helped to improve Manhiça District Hospital over the past two and a half decades. Its contributions include the construction of new infrastructure (maternity ward, surgical block, consulting rooms, paediatric unit, clinical trials unit, radiology unit, incineration plant), technical support, the development of clinical guidelines for case management, and the recruitment and training of staff. The centre also provides laboratory support, processing all paediatric samples and handling any tests that cannot be performed at the hospital or health centres, such as diagnostic tests for tuberculosis.
“I have been working as a nurse in Manhiça for more than 15 years. Despite the constraints and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks that we health professionals are exposed to, I am fortunate to be able to keep practising my profession with passion, caring for those who need it most.
Supporting women of reproductive age and pregnant women, seeing children being born in difficult situations and helping them along—it’s very rewarding and a source of pride.”