Responding to emergencies including disease outbreaks, providing care to people with advanced HIV, while also working in the conflict-ridden Cabo-Delgado province.
Our work in Mozambique
As the conflict in northeastern Mozambique entered its fifth year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) scaled up activities to assist the huge numbers of people displaced by fighting.
What's happening in Mozambique?
In 2021, clashes between non-state armed groups and government forces intensified in Cabo Delgado province. Following a major attack on one of the main towns, Palma, in March, we expanded our activities to deliver care to the thousands of people who had fled their homes or had been cut off from health services in hard-to-reach areas such as Mueda, Macomia, Nangade, and Mocimboa da Praia. We conducted general and mental health consultations, and provided mobile teams to support health and cholera treatment centers. We also provided water and sanitation support and distributed relief items and emergency food rations to people in transit or resettlement camps, as well as host communities, where hundreds of thousands of people remained displaced.
How we're helping in Mozambique
In Beira, MSF runs a program offering sexual and reproductive health care, including termination of pregnancy and HIV testing and treatment, to vulnerable adolescents and stigmatized groups, such as sex workers and men who have sex with men. In addition, we provide care for patients with advanced HIV diseases at health care facilities in the city. When cyclone Eloise hit central Mozambique in January, we supported the Ministry of Health’s response.
In Maputo, we handed over our drop-in center and related activities for people who use drugs to local health authorities and partner organizations. Set up in 2017, activities included testing and referrals for HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C, needle/syringe distribution, opioid substitution therapy, and overdose treatment. As well as providing treatment and protection from harm for service users, these interventions are key in preventing the spread of HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases.
To assist the national response to COVID-19, we provided logistical and technical support to the main COVID-19 referral hospitals in Maputo and helped with follow-up of HIV patients with COVID-19 in Beira.
How we're helping in 2021
Individual mental health consultations
People started on opioid substitution therapy
People with advanced HIV under direct MSF care
How you can help
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