20 October 1999
There have been several massive outbreaks since August 1997. MSF has intervened in six out of Mozambique's 10 districts. Teams have set up more than 150 cholera camps to treat victims of the disease and have implemented water and sanitation programmes to prevent new outbreaks. Water and sanitation remains a priority for MSF, given the ongoing threat of cholera. In Zimpeto, an urban area on the outskirts of the capital Maputo, MSF runs a low cost sanitation programme in collaboration with national and local health and water authorities. The main objectives of this project are to improve living conditions, to demonstrate the link between water-health and sanitation and to change the behaviour and practices of the community. MSF participates actively in the Mozambican government's decentralisation initiative for the public health system. In Mandima and N'gaÃ?ºma, in the isolated northern district of Niassa. MSF supports two health centres and 11 health posts. The objective is to improve primary health care and mother and child health care and to improve vaccination coverage. MSF supplies medicine and medical material, trains health workers and provides health care at the community level with the help of 150 local activists and health workers trained by MSF. MSF supports the rural hospital programme in Muturara, in the western district of Tete. While a new hospital is being built, MSF is providing technical and medical support to the district which includes 11 health posts and clinics and a health centre setting up rehabilitation and sanitation activities. MSF is also in the throes of launching a water and sanitation programme in order to bring drinking water to the communities. Until August 1998, MSF also ran a project supporting the health system in the southern district of Matutuine. The MSF Consolidated Information System was set up in 1992 and collects information on the health and nutritional situation throughout the country.