October 13, 2015
On October 12, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique to provide grant aid of up to 2.121 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Health Science Institute in Nacala.
This project aims to expand the training capacity of nurses, midwives and other health workers through the construction of a new training school for health workers in Nacala City, Nampula Province which is located in northern Mozambique, and to improve the level of health services in the country.
The total number of doctors, nurses and midwives in Mozambique is 68.6 per 100,000 people (in 2013 according to the National Directorate of Human Resources, Ministry of Health, Mozambique), a statistic that is greatly lagging behind the average in Africa—115 per 100,000 people—and the level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is 228 per 100,000. Nampula Province, which is the target area of the project, has also a low rate of one health worker (non-physicians involved with medical care) per 1,468 people, which is below the national average of one per 1,148 people (2013), and addressing the inadequacy of health workers is a priority. In Nampula Province, there is only one training school for health workers to train intermediate health workers (generally including nurses, midwives and medical technicians who handle disease prevention, therapy and rehabilitation), and it is located in Nampula. Because of the limited training facilities, only 260 intermediate health workers trained in Nampula a year, below the target of 370.
Through this project, a new health science institute will be built for health workers in Nacala City, with a projection of 128 intermediate health workers to be trained each year. Graduates of the institute will be assigned within Nampula Province or to other provinces in Mozambique, depending on the course students take, which is expected to improve health services throughout the country.
Artist's rendering of the Health Science Institute in Nacala