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Mozambique: access to care facilitated thanks to a mobile clinic

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To facilitate access to health care for Tânia and her community, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) opened a mobile clinic.

Tânia lives in Mararange, Montepuez, one of the many districts of Cabo Delgado province affected by armed conflict in Mozambique. There is a shortage of healthcare services in her community and it takes her an hour to walk the long distance to get medical attention.

The fate of Tânia is shared by thousands of displaced people and residents of Mararange and seven other nearby villages.

“We were going to Mirate (in another village) to receive treatment. We suffered a lot because we left in the morning and did not come back until the end of the day,” she said.

To facilitate access to health care for Tânia and her community, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has opened a mobile clinic that can care for more than 54,000 people, including around 500 people displaced by the armed conflict. in Cabo Delgado. Today, the mobile clinic receives an average of 200 people a day, providing both treatment and disease prevention.

“Now, as soon as we feel pain, we come here and they take care of us,” Tânia added. The health facility is only a short walk away for those living in the Mararange IDP center and other nearby neighborhoods.

“The creation of this mobile clinic is a positive step, as evidenced by the number of patients who come for consultation. One of the biggest impacts is that people no longer have to walk long distances, and the other is that it has eased the pressure on the health center in Mirate,” said Valério Zacarias, general practitioner of the mobile clinic.

“We provide services to displaced people and residents within a five-kilometre radius. adds Valerio.

Each week, the district authorities send health professionals to assist the population. These include pharmacists, general practitioners, paediatricians and specialists in preventive medicine and maternal and child health. The most commonly diagnosed illnesses are malaria and malnutrition in infants aged 0-12 months.

The opening of the mobile clinic in Mararange is part of an integrated response by the ICRC to improve access to health care for people affected by violence in Cabo Delgado. Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has facilitated the opening of six renovated and enlarged health centers in Pemba and Montepuez. In addition, a hospital is being built in Ibo.

The extension of the drinking water distribution system in Montepuez is also part of this integrated response to improve the health of communities, as it prevents waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.

Distributed by APO Group for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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