Archive for April 2009

Ian Attfield
Posted 30 April 2009
If you look back to one of my earlier postings: Death on the Roads, you will note I have already highlighted the pitfalls and dangers on the open highways of Nigeria. Last week was no different, as I left Kano there was another burnt out minibus - ten people burnt to death in a collision with [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 30 April 2009
Sorry, no time for a detailed posting this week, as I am engaged in an online discussion on an issue which is really important for Mozambique. This is just a quick posting to link you in, if you are interested, to the discussion on ‘Task Shifting'.

Martin Leach
Posted 21 April 2009
I was lucky enough to get back home to Sussex for a few days over Easter to see my family - it was great to see my children for real rather than over a blurry Skype connection. Two of them go to our village primary school at the end of the road, where they get a [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 20 April 2009
I spent Saturday afternoon with my family visiting a dance group that has been established in Mafalala bairro of Maputo. The bairro is an area of tightly packed shacks and houses on the road towards Maputo airport. The living conditions are better than those portrayed in 'Slumdog Millionaire' but the levels of poverty are similar. To access [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 15 April 2009
The lively and very tighly packed (both in terms of agenda and physical space!) joint meeting between the Ministry of Health and development partners held in Maputo on 3rd April closed with a very clear statement of solidarity with the Ministry of Health from development partners. I have attached a picture so you can see us all squeezed in to [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 14 April 2009
We were all crammed in to the 9th floor meeting room of the Ministry of Health on Friday 3rd April, for one of the twice yearly big meetings between the Minister of Health ( Paulo Ivo Garrido ), and development partners. It was a lively meeting, with an eloquent speech from the Minister and a useful round of [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 14 April 2009
For those of you following the Pope and condoms discussion, I am attaching a very helpful briefing note from UNAIDS, which sets out the UN position. For those with no time to read the attachment, a key message is: "Condoms are an essential part of combination prevention which includes among other elements: access to information [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 9 April 2009
Friends in the NGO community here in Mozambique have been applauding the recent statement by Margaret J. Pollack, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State, in the US delegation statement to the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. Acknowledging that only 5 years remain in both the ICPD and Millennium Development Goal timeframes, [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 8 April 2009
There has been a flurry of activity here in Maputo, as we prepared for the large annual meeting between the Ministry of Health and its development partners to review the performance of the health sector in 2008. I took my camera along to the big meeting on the 3rd April, so that you can get a [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 8 April 2009
Hundreds of people trudged up the long hill to Nyanza, many of them wearing something purple, a neckscarf, a wrap, even a purple wristband. The colour purple is the colour of mourning in Rwanda and yesterday, 7th April, was the 15th Anniversary of the Genocide. At the top of the hill I joined the large crowd at the [...]