Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Hospital Central de Maputo (HCM), Mozambique Ministry of Health (MoH), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
The School of Medicine at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) is the largest and oldest public medical school in Mozambique. Hospital Central de Maputo (HCM), the largest referral and academic hospital in the country, is located on the same campus and is the principal training site for UEM medical students, and post-graduate residency trainees across many specialties. DGSOM, UEM, and the Mozambique Ministry of Health (MoH) have partnered since 2007 to improve child health by strengthening medical education and healthcare delivery. The collaboration has supported a full-time seconded DGSOM faculty member to HCM, a robust reciprocal exchange program including Pontifícia Universidade Católica Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Brazil, specialty and subspecialty clinical training for Mozambican learners, capacity building work such as quality improvement projects, and strategic investments in medical equipment. The partnership involves different specialties, including Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, and Family Medicine in sites across the country, such as Maputo, Beira, and Nampula. Research is now a more prominent part of the partnership and there are active clinical and/or operational studies taking place at various sites throughout the country.
DGSOM’s partnership in Mozambique also includes the provision of technical assistance to the MoH’s HIV and tuberculosis programs, with the financial support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and PEPFAR. Activities currently focus on developing a package of services for children and adolescents with advanced HIV disease, and supporting the implementation of this package with an emphasis on specialized health facilities in Maputo and the principal referral hospital in each of the country’s 11 provinces.
As part of the partnership, DGSOM medical students and pediatric residents have the opportunity to participate in pediatric clinical and research rotations. Learners gain broad exposure to treating conditions, including HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, diarrhea and dehydration, malnutrition, and malaria in a resource-limited setting, and work directly with a full-time UCLA faculty pediatrician who lives and works in Mozambique.