FGH News and Success Stories

District in Transformation: Expanded HIV Care and Treatment Service in Quelimane Takes Teamwork

FGH Communications Team (in country)
February 5, 2018

Mozambique has one of the highest rates of HIV infection — about 13% — in sub-Saharan Africa. With the expansion of health care delivery services provided by Vanderbilt’s Friends in Global Health (VUMC/FGH), patients in Quelimane District, the capital of Zambézia Province, now account for more than 30% of the total number of patients receiving care through the Avante Zambézia program. Multidisciplinary teams of clinical and support staff provide assistance to health facilities in the District. 

Collaboration between traditional healers and medical providers at a nearby health center saves lives in Namacurra

FGH Communications Team (in country)
January 5, 2018

Eighteen-year-old Ina Mora was in the district of Gilé visiting her husband’s family when she began feeling ill in May 2017. “Sometimes I had headaches, stomach aches and diarrhea. Both my legs got swollen and I got sick,” recalls Ina.

Sangariveira Secondary School: A DREAMS-Friendly School

Assane Macangira
October 30, 2017

Sangariveira Secondary School: A DREAMS-Friendly School Sangariveira Secondary School (SSS) was established in 2012 in Quelimane, Zambézia Province. Currently, the school has 4,980 students, 2,610 male and 2,370 female, who are divided into 42 groups, with morning, afternoon and night student rotations. Located in the outskirts of Quelimane, SSS has a gloomy past. It was infamous for high levels of drug use, early and unwanted pregnancies, prostitution, and illness. 

Health Counselors Improve Patient Satisfaction in Quelimane

Health Counselors Improve Patient Satisfaction in Quelimane Farias Fernando Romane recently moved from the Coalane neighborhood to Canecos, within Quelimane District. The move meant that he also changed the health facility where he receives HIV care. When our team met him, it was only his second visit to 24 de Julho Health Center. He was already pleased with the quality of care he has been receiving.

Participative Theatre Transforms a Life in Namacurra

August 4, 2017

Participative Theatre Transforms a Life in Namacurra Ducha António was first diagnosed with HIV in 2008, during an antenatal consultation. She was just sixteen years old and did not fully understand what HIV was or the impact it could have on her life. She refused treatment for herself, and she was also reluctant to have her infant daughter tested. “I was a teenager with little knowledge of things, so I just ignored treatment.”

The Male Engagement Strategy Supports a Husband’s Participation in his Family’s Healthcare

Rui Esmael
May 11, 2017

Teletónio Samuel Rangeiro is a married 23 year old who lives with his wife, Hernésia Tomé, 22, in Seresse, a rural community outside of Zambézia’s provincial capital of Quelimane. When Teletónio’s wife became pregnant, he surprised many people in his community by accompanying his wife to all of her antenatal care (ANC) visits at the Maquival health facility and continued doing so after the delivery of their healthy twins—an unusual practice for men in this community.

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