Stories: Mozambique

  • The struggle of women amid civil war, droughts and floods in Mozambique

    ESPUNGABERA, Mozambique - Samere Mashava could not hide his anger and frustration as he narrates how his wife fled from their village in Mozambique’s Espungabera area near the border with Zimbabwe. Mashava’s wife is one of the many women in this part of Mozambique who were forced to flee their homes as a result of the...

  • The Steady Beat of Wars and Heavy Rains

    With just a thin dark grey shawl thrown over her shoulders, Leocadio Simango, was soaked and shivering as she trudged through the streets of Chimoio, the fifth-largest city in Mozambique, on a rainy morning. Leocadio was selling an assortment of small wares- biscuits, sweets, canned drinks and some potato crispy. She carried these items in a dish covered by a...

  • Busting HIV Myths in Mozambique, One Text at a Time

    When Flavia Meringue gets to work in the morning, her inbox is full of intimate questions from children, some as young as 10, asking questions like, “Should I be having sex yet?” She and 11 other counselors at the Coalizao youth center in Mozambique’s capital Maputo answer hundreds of queries a day from people who use their phones...

  • Mozambique Myth-Busting Helpline Tries to Tackle HIV/AIDS

    In Mozambique's Gaza province, if someone makes it to their 35th birthday, "you rejoice", said Shady Zita, an English teacher in a rural secondary school. "You know what? To see someone reaching that age of 35, 36 now, it's not a joke," he said. Most of the funerals that he goes to are for people who are even younger, as...

  • Obama Dreams of an AIDS-Free Generation

    In a 2011 speech at the National Institutes of Health’s rolling campus outside Washington, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a reset of America’s global HIV policy. She promised to alter the course of a pandemic that has claimed the lives of 39 million people and to secure a global generation free of...

  • HIV in Mozambique: Starting, and Staying on, Treatment

    Mozambique is fighting to gain control of its HIV epidemic, leading with a plan to strategically enrol substantial numbers of people with HIV in treatment programmes in an effort to end transmission of the virus. The number of people who have started antiretroviral therapy (ART) has already jumped from 308,000 in 2012 to more than 676,000 by March of last year. Officials expect...

  • Mozambique Struggles to Contain HIV Epidemic Among Young Women

    At their first meeting, the group of 30 young women just eyed Nousa Winica warily. When she asked a question, they hurriedly dropped their gaze. It would be, she quickly realized, a struggle to earn their trust. Winica spent the first few of their weekly gatherings sticking to light subjects – what chores they did, their favorite classes, even the weather ...

  • PEPFAR Strategy Shift Aims to Get Ahead of Mozambique’s Epidemic

    Mozambique is at the outset of recalibrating its HIV response, following a global shift in approach by one of the primary donors to the country’s AIDS response — the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Across the 40 countries and regions it supports, PEPFAR’s new strategy calls for a massive scale up...

  • Getting Vaccines Where Kids Need Them Most

    Vaccines ensure kids like these cheeky young boys can be healthy and thrive beyond their fifth birthdays. Vaccines in Mozambique are manufactured overseas and shipped to a national warehouse for distribution around the country in giant coolers. Extensive testing of vaccines and the diseases they prevent is done out of the Manhiça Health Research Centre. Here,...

  • Mozambique Loosens Anti-Abortion Laws

    To abort an unwanted pregnancy, some women drink bleach or home-brewed mixtures made with livestock manure. Others insert a twig or chicken bone into their uterus or rub their vagina with herbal elixirs to induce early childbirth. Or they jump from a high place. When abortions are illegal, they are often carried out in the back rooms of doctors,...