On the 28th and 29th of September, the Workshop to assess the health response to the emergency in Cabo Delgado province was held in Pemba.
The objectives of this meeting were:
• Present the status of response activities by program area (maternal and child health; nutrition; immunization; mental health; gender-based violence; surveillance; and HIV/TB).
• Plan with cooperation partners and program areas in the health sector, the activities to be carried out in the short, medium and long term.
At this meeting, which was chaired by the chief physician of the Provincial Health Service and the coordinator of the health cluster (WHO member) Dr. Wilbert Shihaji, who began by recalling the existence of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Mozambique 2022 and asked for the active participation of all those present so that, based on this document and together with the contributions of each entity represented, the Humanitarian Response Plan 2023 can be reflect the solutions to the challenges and limitations encountered in recent months.
During the first day, medicusmundi participated as a panelist in the first block on "mechanisms for providing primary health services in the context of an emergency" together with representatives of the organizations FHI360, Ariel, chief physician of Mocimboa da Praia, Aga Khan Foundation and Hospital Provincial de Pemba.
One of the concerns mentioned several times by the seminar participants was the need to coordinate the planning of activities between development actors and actors working specifically in humanitarian action, in order to join forces and improve the impact of actions.
For his part, the medicusmundi representative stressed the importance of harmonizing work strategies when carrying out integrated mobile brigades and working with activists, given that these are resources that both development organizations and humanitarian organizations use in their projects and, therefore, it is necessary for all of them to be aligned to ensure impact and good results in bringing health services closer to communities.
This workshop has been interesting and necessary to update the reality of the context in the province and to strengthen the link between the different health actors with whom medicusmundi works within the scope of projects funded by AECID in Cabo Delgado.
This activity has been carried out with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) within the Agreement 18-CO1-1096 «Improving the population's health based on its Social Determinants, with special focus on nutrition, through the strengthening of Primary Health Care as the best strategy to ensure the right to health and the collaboration of civil society, research institutions, and the National Health System». The content of this news is the sole responsibility of medicusmundi and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the AECID.