Mozambique

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Mozambique is porous as the country finds itself in gulf in partial conflict in parts of the country. Divided between the private and public healthcare system, the private sector tends to provide more quality service in the country that can be comparable to other middle-income countries (Tanzania) whereas the public sector is hit or miss depending on where one finds themselves within the country. The country is aiming to provide its citizens with universal healthcare coverage and provide general healthcare access in order to comply with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but it continues to be a continuous challenge. Where the public sector fails to deliver, NGOs tend to effectively fill in the gap.


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Mozambique Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Mozambique embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Mozambique medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Mozambique. Fluency in Portuguese is required in order to practice in Mozambique.

Portuguese is the language of instruction for medical education in Mozambique.


Information for Travelers 
Expats tend to frequent the private health sector due to the consistent quality in can provide in comparison to the public healthcare system, which is porous, underserved and at times overwhelmed due to continuous internal conflict within the country. The main language of dominance within the country is Portuguese, albeit local residents may speak other local languages in addition to Portuguese. All medical professionals will be fluent in Portuguese with a few fluent in English or Spanish. 

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country:  http://www.misau.gov.mz 

 

 

References:
https://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-019-0520-8
https://www.humanium.org/en/health-system-in-mozambique/
https://www.usaid.gov/mozambique/global-health
https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/countries/mozambique/default.htm
https://www.pacificprime.com/country/africa/mozambique-health-insurance/