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    13 September, 2016
Experience of partners inspiration in fight against cancer
 
Maputo, 13 Sep (AIM) – The experience of partner countries such as Brazil and the United States is a source of inspiration and a challenge for future strategies for early diagnosis of cancer, declared Mozambique’s first lady, Isaura Nyusi, on 13 September.

Speaking in Maputo at a meeting on cancer prevention through mobile units, drawing on the experience of the Barretos Cancer Hospital in Brazil, Nyusi said “through the experience of its partners, Mozambique wishes to strengthen and consolidate the coordination of efforts between health professionals in the country linked to clinical practice and to research”.

Nyusi said that cases of cancer are on the increase – notably cervical and breast cancer among women and prostate cancer and Kaposi’s sarcoma among men. Cancers frequently diagnosed in children are leukaemia and Kaposi’s sarcoma.

“This situation is worsened by the HIV/AIDS epidemic which affects 11.5 per cent of the adult population, and favours the development and worsening of some cancers”, added the First Lady. This is particularly the case with Kaposi’s sarcoma. This is a tumour, usually on the skin and mouth, which became so common among HIV-positive men in the 1980s as to become a marker for AIDS.

Cervical and breast cancer are major concerns for women’s health in Mozambique, stressed Nyusi. A pilot study is now underway in three provinces to demonstrate the acceptability of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in treating cervical cancer. In many other countries the vaccine has proved highly effective in preventing this form of cancer.

Screening for cervical cancer and early treatment of the lesions have now been expanded to more health units, she added.

Mozambique is taking a “multi-disciplinary approach” to improve the institutional capacity to respond to cancer, relying on support from partner institutions which have provided capacity building for Mozambican staff, including through video-conferences and technical visits.

Among the challenges the health service faces, Isaura Nyusi added, is the need to mobilise more resources to strengthen the diagnosis and early treatment of cancer, in order to avoid preventable deaths.
(AIM)
 
 
  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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