A month in Mozambique

November 3, 2017

SPHERU’s co-director Nazeem Muhajarine returned home this week from a month-long trip to Mozambique as part of the project, “Engaging communities and health workers for sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health.”

SPHERU director Nazeem Muhajarine spent a month in Mozambique as part of the Mozambique-Canada Maternal Health project.
SPHERU director Nazeem Muhajarine spent a month in Mozambique as part of the Mozambique-Canada Maternal Health project.

Along with Denise Kouri and Don Kossick, the trio travelled to Inhambane, Mozambique, where they joined a team of 12 project staff.

During the first week, the trio attended a workshop by Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA). WLSA director Terzinha de Silva led the workshop, which was attended by key leaders of the provincial Department of Health (DPSI) directors of Health Training Centres in Inhumbane, as well as project staff. The workshop focused on gender rights and equality in Mozambique.

The Program Steering Committee met on Oct. 17, to welcome representatives of Global Affairs Canada/the Canadian high Commission in Mozambique, and the Ministry of Health who were travelling from Maputo to Inhambane. The purpose of the gathering was to introduce visitors from Maputo to the project and its activities. A visit was arranged to a community health post, a district hospital, and to the Massinga Training Centre.

A three-day workshop was held from October 25-27, to focus on women-centred community economic development. A guest facilitator flew in from Cape Town, South Africa. More than 40 attendees from 10 communities involved in the project, learned social determinants of health, and how to raise chickens in a small-scale community-based business.

Dr. Muhajarine also conducted a consultation session with DPSI management. They discussed the use of maternal near-miss analysis in their work, which has a research component.  

Dr. Muhajarine and Denise Kouri provided a summary of the activities in Mozambique upon their return at the end of October.  


 

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