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New mandate for Minister Garrido

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Last Friday morning I had just emerged from a meeting with Minister Paulo Ivo Garrido, who I have posted a blog about previously. Minister Garrido was confirmed as the Minister for Health of Mozambique for a second term following the inauguration of President Guebuza on the 14th of January.

The Minister, a surgeon, is an extremely punctual person, and I had to run up the stairs to the eighth floor to ensure I arrived in good time for the 8am appointment, which in this heat was not sensible!

I congratulated the Minister on his appointment for a second mandate. Minister Garrido has clearly set out his vision for health in Mozambique and aims to take forward a number of policy issues that have been discussed over the past couple of years.

Minister Garrido with Dr Celia Goncalves in the Ministers meeting room
Minister Garrido with Dr Celia Goncalves in the Ministers meeting room

I have attached a picture of Minister Garrido with Dr Celia Goncalves, who is currently leading the planning of the annual review of the health sector, which I mentioned in a blog post earlier this week. Together, we briefly discussed planned changes to the annual review which we hope will help strengthen the Ministry's own monitoring and evaluation systems.

Our discussion included mention of the Commonwealth Heads of Government held in Port of Spain where Members of the Commonwealth said they were committed to achieving universal coverage of health services, which would be free at the point of use, particularly for the poorest women and children.

Mozambique already has free services for Mothers and Children under 5, and spoke about this policy at the UN High Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, in a  meeting chaired by Sarah Brown. The ongoing need to ensure that the cost of health services should not be a barrier to any Mozambican accessing health care will be an important area for discussion over the coming months.

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  1. Comment by Z. Isac Mundiara posted on

    Dear Neil,

    Ya,Wonderful!Allow me to say that the problem of Health sector is not about also money, its structural problem.....You dont put or improving the health sector without good maner in socio/education issues!

    I know that Minister Garrido can do good thinks to improve health sector in general, but its no depend also "One man, one ideia, best health" its depend of how others sector (education, infra-estructure, sanition) can do togheter.

    The problems in health sector its Exactly the same since 1975, so now its changing, and taking new transformation......

    Death of children under 5 years is reality!
    Human Ressources qualified;
    Quality in Infra-structure and sanition;
    Adjust Health policy in order to attendthe poor communties;
    Coordenation and articulation with others goverments sectors and with CSO, ONG Private sector.

    Z. Isac Mundiara