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Non-Communicable Diseases in Mozambique

The Division of Global Health initiated a multifaceted collaboration with Mozambique National Institute of Health Directorate of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) to provide research, mentorship, and training for the Directorate. A memorandum of understanding was signed in 2015 following a visit by Dr. Ana Olga Mocumbi, the Director of the Unit to UC San Diego in November 2014. This visit was reciprocated by Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy in August of 2015 to help establish the first cohort in Mozambique. A meeting was held with all public health officers from central, North and south of the country to develop the questionnaire, study plans, and requirements to launch the cohort and NCD hospital registry. The focus in Mozambique and sub-Saharan African has been on infectious diseases while there is a steady growth of NCDs in these countries but limited data on prevalence and incidence or risk factors. This collaboration is extended to mentor local staff in Maputo on database management, statistical analyses, and grant writing and administration. This collaboration is a model of how expertise from UC San Diego can help develop capacity focused on areas not addressed by ongoing research and collaborations in the country of Mozambique.

In a rural clinical in Beira, Mozambique

A group photo with Beira General Hospital staff and physicians, Mozambique