WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique
When Langa*, a nurse at Centro de Saúde de Anchilo clinic in Mozambique, told a group of pregnant women how important it is to come to the clinic for check-ups before they had their babies, she spoke from her own experience. She explained to the women how grateful she is to make those visits now that she was expecting her first baby. Each visit provided her with useful information and she was able to receive rapid HIV and syphilis tests to protect her baby from possible infection.
Mozambique like many other countries in the world is prone to disaster. The common disasters experienced in the past 10 years include drought, floods, tropical cyclone, epidemics and earthquake. On 23rd January 2013, governmentof Mozambique declared an “institutional Red Alert” due to flooding along the Zambezi and Limpopo river basin. In response, the WHO Country Representative Mozambique sent a formal request tothe IST AFRO for technical assistance to the WHO Country Office (WCO), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and health cluster partners to manage the public health consequences of the floods. This is a report of the rapid health assessment conducted in Gaza province.