The Republic of Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking country of 28 million people on the southeast coast of Africa, has experienced significant economic growth and distinct progress in improving health indicators over the past two decades. Since the end of a devastating civil war in 1992, health has been a government priority, particularly in response to the crushing burden of HIV/AIDS. While national efforts to expand HIV health care service delivery have focused on strengthening community-based and regional clinics, there has simultaneously been significant targeted investment to build infrastructure and human capacity in HIV research, innovation, and health education. Medical research, including epidemiologic and health services research, has grown dramatically. This growth has stemmed from international collaborative projects such as the Partnership for Research in Implementation Science- Mozambique (PRISM) funded by the Fogarty International Center of the NIH, a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine at University Eduardo Mondale (UEM) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH).
Since the launch of the project in 2015, PRISM has focused on supporting the education and research of both master’s and doctoral students at UEM with a focus on HIV implementation Science, modernizing and strengthening UEM’s MPH instruction, and establishing an Implementation Science Unit at UEM.
Renewed for a second five-year period, our Specific Aims currently are to:
- Train PhD scientists from UEM in HIV implementation science research and strengthen the UEM PhD program
- Solidify the UEM Faculty of Medicine Implementation Science Unit as a Center of Excellence in Implementation Science training and research
- Expand opportunities for the conduct of HIV implementation science research by capacitating two Mozambican HIV research institutions/field sites (Aurum-Mozambique and the Center for Health Research-Manhiça [CISM])
The Fogarty International Center supports this project under agreement TW009745.