General Hospital Marrere

Country: Mozambique
Location: Marrere, Nampula Province
Beneficiaries: babies of the women that are deprived HIV positive and AIDS patients

Nature of the project

Fight against Malnutrition and Bad Health Care

The Project

The General Hospital of Marrere assists a population of about 300,000, benefiting the people who live in the slums of the big city of Nampula, which is 14 km away from the hospital. Converted from an old Portuguese colonists clinic, the General Hospital of Marrere was nationalized since the independence of 1975. During the long civil war, found itself in a state of semi-abandonment and in 2005 started to function again thanks to a co-management arrangement between the Ministry of Health and the Archdiocese of Nampula. The hospital is the only hospital in the area that provides the shelter for patients infected with HIV-AIDS. The care of HIV-AIDS is entrusted to the Comboni Missionaries. Special attention is given to women and children living with HIV, not only in terms of timely diagnosis, but also moral and material help after finding the virus. In addition to medical care the Comboni Sisters provide nutrition education programs and food distribution. The particular activities of the project include infant feeding: distribution of cow's milk to mothers during the whole period of breastfeeding, and nutrition program for children up to 5 years. For mothers, meetings are held in nutrition education, taught by a nutritionist about what are the most nutritious foods for children during the different phases of growth.
The project aims to help people living with HIV and affected by AIDS to improve their health and nutrition. The activities focus mainly on infant feeding through the education of parents and the delivery of food based on individual nutritional characteristics, can improve the immune system of children. To ensure medical care for the population that is unable to reach the hospital, a program of home visits was launched.

The Context

With a GDP per capita of $ 360, Mozambique is among the 15 poorest countries in the world. The 54.1% of the population lives below the national poverty line and 60% lives with less than $ 1.25 a day. According to government figures, Mozambique is among the 10 countries of the world most affected by AIDS, with an incidence of 12.5% among people between 15 and 49 years. In 2007, 395 people per every 100,000 people have died from AIDS. The organizations that assist people with HIV-AIDS are, however, talking about a much more terrible situation with an incidence of 15-20% among the adult population. Mozambique in 2008 lived 100,000 children who are younger than 14 years with HIV and over 400,000 orphans due to AIDS. The national health system is very decadent and only 3% of the 1,250 existing health units are able to deal with complex clinical situations. The majority of centers located in poor conditions: 40% do not have water and is not able to guarantee conditions albeit minimum sterilization. At birth only 48% of children are assisted by trained medical personnel and 15% of the children under 5 years old are underweight.

Help us

To ensure the milk to the children of Marrere