HIV and AIDS in Mozambique

I am visiting Maputo in Mozambique and I’m happy to write that the health system in the capital Maputo is quite impressive.

I am visiting Maputo in Mozambique and I’m happy to write that the health system in the capital Maputo is quite impressive.

Despite the language barrier I have been able to talk to people around me and they have said the health system here is trying hard to reduce HIV prevalence by testing for the virus early and conducting preventing parent to child transmission programmes.

The good news is that antiretroviral drugs are free at all government hospitals and clinics. However, issues of gender based violence, poverty and unemployment are still a great concern.

Flooding in places like the Gaza province is also a challenge at the moment but I am happy to see local well wishes and stakeholders such as the Maputo Coca Cola Company helping out rather than Maputo being dependent on foreign aid alone.

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