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US government supports local research to improve malaria treatment and maternal and child health

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US government supports local research to improve malaria treatment and maternal and child health

USAID’s support will enable CISM to gather the most accurate and timely evidence needed by MISAU and its partners to continue to improve health services

MAPUTO, Mozambique, September 21, 2021 / APO Group / –

The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently awarded a $ 800,000 grant to Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM) for malaria research and maternal and child health. The grant will fund studies on the effectiveness of the pneumococcal vaccine and antimalarial drugs and treatments. USAID, CISM, and the Mozambican Ministry of Health (MISAU) have collaborated to identify these topics as critical to improving malaria and maternal and child health care in Mozambique.

For Mozambicans under five, pneumonia and malaria are two of the leading causes of death. CISM is one of Mozambique’s leading medical research organizations and USAID has helped them better understand these diseases in Mozambique since 2011. These current studies will build on the results of previous US government assistance.

The first study examines the effectiveness of antimalarial drugs and treatments. It will focus on understanding the antimalarial drug resistance of Plasmodium falciparum – the parasite responsible for the most severe malaria cases in Mozambique. The second study will focus on the impact of the pneumococcal vaccine on the rates of pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other related infections in children. He will monitor the effect that recent changes to the national immunization schedule for pneumococcal vaccine have had on rates of related diseases. CISM will collaborate with the National Malaria Control Program, the National Directorate of Public Health, provincial and district health facilities, and other research and academic institutions to conduct and share the results of these studies, which will improve patient care.

“USAID understands that locally conducted scientific research is essential to develop and implement the most effective care for Mozambicans. Said Helen Pataki, USAID / Mozambique mission director. “USAID’s support will allow CISM to gather the most accurate and timely evidence needed by MISAU and its partners to continue to improve health services. “

Health programs are an essential component of broader US government assistance to Mozambique. Working closely with the government of the Republic of Mozambique, the U.S. government provides more than $ 500 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and health care, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.

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