Q3/2009: Health Fair in Quelimane
September 30, 2009
Dr. Martina Fuchs
On August 15, 2009, a Health Fair took place in Quelimane, Zambézia's capital district, for the first time. The Health Fair occurred with the participation of several health related entities, and was promoted by the Health Ministry aimed at educating the population by providing valuable information, promoting good health awareness, and encouraging participants to assume responsibility for their own health. Friends in Global Health (FGH), RMF's partner organization in Mozambique, was one of the participants and introduced our first mobile clinic to the medical community and Ministry of Health of Mozambique. FGH, an NGO affiliated with Vanderbilt University, is at present, receiving PEPFAR funds, working in Zambézia Province as the lead partner to the Health Ministry, primarily in the provision and expansion of antiretroviral treatment and care services. The event was also used as an opportunity to experiment using the Mobile Clinic. The Mobile Clinic potentially consists of an extremely versatile platform conceptualized to bring health services directly to remote communities in rural Zambézia. The Mobile Clinic will provide testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in addition to primary healthcare services, as well health education programs and prevention messages.