The Mozambique NCDI Poverty Commission launched their final report in Maputo on June 11 in Maputo. With over 100 people in attendance, Dr. Ana Mocumbi, Global Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission co-chair and Chair of the Mozambique NCDI Poverty Commission, presented key findings and recommendations of the report to an audience that included Minister of Health Nazira Abdula and several colleagues from the Ministry. In addition to fellow commissioners and researchers, the audience also included a wide range of health professionals, academics, researchers, civil society organizations, and patient advocacy groups.
The event was filmed for a national news station and received extensive media coverage in Mozambique. The report is available — in Portuguese — here.
The launch event was held in conjunction with a two-day meeting organized by the Mozambique Institute of Health Education and Research (MIHER) in collaboration with the NCD Synergies team at Partners In Health and the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School – Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries in Southern Africa: A Dialogue on Science, Implementation and Policy. The meeting featured an in-depth discussion on strengthening health systems to provide NCDI treatment to the most vulnerable populations throughout the region. Participants included Ministry of Health leads, researchers, and clinical implementers representing nine countries – Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Zambia and Zimbabwe – as well as representatives of the World Bank, the WHO AFRO Regional Office, WHO Mozambique, and Partners In Health leaders from Lesotho, Malawi and Rwanda.