Stories: Mozambique

  • African Union Pledges a Stop to Child Marriage

    Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage - driven by strong social and cultural traditions, despite the practice being illegal. Early marriage compromises girls’ right to education and can have a devastating impact on their health.  The African Union has pledged to stop all child marriages within a generation. In this...

  • Mozambique Steps Up to Challenge of Health Information Dissemination

    With more than half of the population illiterate and its people speaking more than 40 local languages, Mozambique faces colossal challenges in disseminating health information to its population. As the country rolls out new national health campaigns, communication experts are becoming savvier about how they reach Mozambicans. Information teams are chosen from the communities to disseminate information about residual spraying....

  • Telling the Stories of Mozambique

    Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries. But summarizing Mozambique with one of its oft-repeated statistics does not do the country or its people--and their struggles and successes--any justice. Dancers in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, perform a war dance local to the Gaza district to welcome dignitaries. Everything I read about Mozambique on the Internet in my pre-trip research...

  • Teens Circumcised To Reduce HIV Risk In Mozambique Shift Gender Norms Surrounding Sex

    A group of boys and teens queued up outside a registration tent at a male circumcision clinic last week, looking almost as if they were waiting in line at a baseball game concession stand. They played cards and traded breezy jokes, waiting to go in for their voluntary procedures. Helio Raimundo Ubisse, 15, stood off to the side of the traveling...

  • Under An African Sky

    It has been too long since I’ve been under an African sky. More than 25 years have passed since last I breathed in this amazing continent. I left her with South Africa still under apartheid, AIDS unheard of and the Mozambican civil war endlessly raging. Most of us think we know the narrative of Africa: corruption, poverty, starving children,...

  • Ebola Is A Symptom Of Our Compounding Failures

    As the WHO Director-General addressed the Regional Committee for Africa two days ago, I was visiting BoaneHealth Center in southern Mozambique, a country in the southeastern corner of Africa. It’s very, very far from the Ebola outbreak – more than 6,000 miles from the three countries devastated by the disease. However, much of what I read in ...

  • Pick Your Poison

    Combating malaria is a tricky tradeoff in Mozambique. The mosquito-born illness is the leading killer of children, and the CDC-supported ministry of health is aiming to change that with a door-to-door campaign to spray the insides of homes with repellant. But DDT is toxic, and some scientists say the insecticide should be used only as a last-ditch effort. It...

  • Spraying for Malarial Mosquitoes in Mozambique

    Health workers use a controversial insecticide to combat malaria in a door-to-door campaign in Mozambique.

  • Travel Log: Nurse, Mother, Change-Maker

    Luisa Notta has been a nurse for 10 years now. She is based in the children’s wing of Manhiça Hospital. The pediatric section has 32 beds. In the height of malaria season she can have up to 60 children and their mothers in the unit, and in low season she has around 18-20 children. She is also a mother...

  • Be Jet Li

    For teenage boys about to be circumcised, they look pretty relaxed. Half-perched on a car tyre, one of them shuffles cards from a martial arts-themed deck. The faces of Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee flash through the air as they cards are dealt. The mobile circumcision unit, just 40 or so metres away, is the last thing on their...