Stories: Mozambique

  • Getting Circumcised at 70

    Hyperlapse of Jhpiego's mobile male circumcision unit in Xinavane, across from a sugar factory in Mozambique.   A photo posted by Sarah Jones Reports (@sarahjreports) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:16am PDT Alberto Chameala is seventy years old, and he finally has the opportunity to get circumcised. Alberto says the mobile clinic is the first time a health facility offering...

  • The Logistical Nightmare of Providing Health Care in Rural Areas

    If you fall ill in rural Mozambique, your options are devastatingly limited. If you had the chance to pick a place from the bad options, however, I have a feeling you couldn’t do much better than Moamba, a village in Maputo province near the border with South Africa. We visited a clinic there that serves the local community....

  • Anything for My Child To Be Healthy

    Felismina walked three hours to Moamba Hospital to get 10-month-old Shirlei weighed, and some medicine for a persistent cough. She was tired and wanted the wait to be over so she could get back to her other three children ages 12, 9 and 5, all in school. She said there was no public transport for her to travel, so walking to the...

  • Caring for Moms and Kids in Mozambique

    When my children are sick, I take them down the street to my pediatrician. It was a little harder when we lived in New York City – that involved a subway and a bus ride, or a taxi, but still, something we could manage within 30 minutes and with small expense. Artist: Naguib Abdula, installation at National Museum of Art,...

  • Mozambican Art Exhibit Offers Stark Visual of Pediatrician Shortages

    I mentioned in my post yesterday that I would share the other exhibit at the National Museum of Art in Maputo that I most compelling. I originally included it with that post, but these images deserved their own. The second floor art installation, by artist Naguib Abdula, starkly reveals children’s limited access to...

  • Maputo Meanderings

    The colonial gaze, a subliminal how-to-vote poster from the government, and the red light district – such was my introduction to Mozambique’s capital. Jane Flood led a city tour for fellows from the International Reporting Project around some of Maputo’s more obscure sites. One of my favourites from the day was this sculpture...

  • In Mozambique, a Glorious Inn Becomes a Slum

    Over the course of any given day, people move constantly through Mozambique's Grande Hotel, retracing the steps of guests who used to climb staircases curved like seashells, and ate meals with a view of the Indian Ocean. Once billed as the "Pride of Africa," the hotel still throbs with the activity of a place where thousands eat and sleep...

  • Global AIDS Parley Opens in DC

    Thousands have gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the International AIDS Conference. Speakers will include former President Bill Clinton; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, among other political, scientific and philanthropic leaders. In the past 15 years, dozens of IRP journalists have reported on AIDS;...