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February 12, 2020

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed today a memorandum of understanding with Total in which both organizations agreed to invest $5 million each to promote improved community health outcomes, prevent child marriage, and encourage positive youth development in Cabo Delgado Province.  The U.S. Government was represented by Ambassador Dennis W. Hearne, while Total was represented by Vice President and Mozambique Country Manager Ronan Bescond. Governor of Cabo Delgado Province, Valige Tauabo, and the Cabo Delgado Secretary of State, Armindo Ngunga, also participated in the event. 

January 22, 2020

In Mozambique, all Ministry of Health interventions carried out at the provincial level are overseen by the provincial Directorates of Health (DPS). Therefore, in the area of HIV/AIDS response, the DPS implements and supervises all activities related to the care and treatment of the national strategy of HIV/AIDS fight under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

January 22, 2020

The high prevalence of early pregnancy and high fertility, combined with the poor quality of obstetric services, increases risks related to prolonged or obstructed labor in Mozambique.  Complications may lead to obstetric fistula, resulting in lifelong disability and social stigma.  An estimated 2,300 women suffer from new cases of fistula each year in Mozambique, yet access to fistula repair services remains limited across the country. 

January 22, 2020

Mozambique has the eighth highest HIV prevalence in the world, and according to UNAIDS, 12.6% of the adult population is living with HIV. While the country has made strides in testing people for HIV and providing treatment, systemic challenges, such as the need to travel long distances to access care, long wait times in facilities, stigma, poor quality healthcare, and inadequate communication about the importance of staying on treatment have resulted in a high proportion of HIV-positive individuals discontinuing their treatment.

January 22, 2020

Demand for HIV viral load (VL) testing in Mozambique outweighs current capacity. The increasing demand results in backlogs of VL samples throughout the country- this problem will become more acute as demand continues to grow. Backlogs of VL samples result in long delays in the delivery of VL test results to clinicians and patients, negatively impacting patient care.