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    2 April, 2009
US support for fight against tuberculosis
 

The government of the United States is currently spending about $4 million a year in the fight against tuberculosis in Mozambique. US funding for the anti-tuberculosis programme has risen very substantially. In 2002, the US annual grant for the fight against this disease was only $150,000.

The funds come from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a programme that was set up by President George W. Bush and continued by his successor, Barack Obama. Money for tuberculosis can come from this fund, because TB is the most common of the opportunist infections that invade people whose immune systems have been weakened by the HIV virus, and is the most common cause of death among HIV-positive people.

According to the 2008 report of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mozambique is placed 17th in a list of the 22 countries with the highest rates of tuberculosis prevalence in the world.

The failure to conquer TB is linked to HIV/AIDS. The WHO statistics also indicate that around 50 percent of all tuberculosis patients in Mozambique are HIV-positive.

Due to the US support Mozambique managed to increase by 82 percent its Directly Observed Therapy (DOTS) coverage in six selected districts, and to distribute 25 microscopes for exams of phlegm. The funds have also been used to develop a training curriculum for nurses on tuberculosis, to boost the capacity of the national TB laboratory, and create a National Commission for Tuberculosis/HIV, among other actions.

According to Todd Amani, the Mozambique director of USAID, "until we, as partners, have effectively brought TB under control in Mozambique, we are all at risk. We must work together to confront TB and HIV, through stepping up detection, controlling infections in health units, increasing TB prophylaxis, expanding DOTS coverage, and strengthening laboratory services".

 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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