United States Rehabilitates the Liberdade Health Center in Matola
January 23, 2024 – The Government of the United States of America has invested nearly 164,000 dollars in the rehabilitation of the Liberdade Health Center, which was inaugurated today in the city of Matola. The new infrastructure will improve access to health care for 65,000 people.
The Resident Deputy Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Luís Morfin, and the Governor of Maputo Province, Júlio Parruque, took part in the inauguration ceremony. “Our partnership in the health sector has generated a multiplier effect of the U.S. government resources, which translates into greater capacity to offer high-quality public health services to families in Maputo province,” said the Deputy Director of the CDC-Mozambique.
The rehabilitation project at the Liberdade Health Center aims to accelerate efforts to respond to the HIV and Tuberculosis epidemics and improve the province’s resilience against public health emergencies. The main aspects of the renovation include work to expand the original structure of the building, increasing the number of health service units from 15 to 22 as well as improving work areas, the circulation and accessibility of people, ventilation flows and light inside the infrastructure. The renovations also created better conditions for privacy in consultation rooms, which are essential “for people to have confidence in their healthcare providers and for their right to health to be realized,” said Mr. Morfin.
Developed in partnership with the Maputo Provincial Health Directorate, the project was funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the CDC and its implementing partner, the Center for Collaboration in Health. In the last four years alone, the PEPFAR/CDC partnership with the health authorities in Maputo province has enabled investments of 2.8 million dollars (around 179 million meticais) to be made in 55 health infrastructure projects, including the Machava Hospital Laboratory, the construction of 23 Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services spaces, and the renovation of 20 health facilities.
Since 2001, the CDC has worked closely with the Government of Mozambique, non-governmental organizations and multilateral partners to address some of Mozambique’s most significant public health challenges, including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and COVID-19. For more information on the CDC’s global health work, visit www.cdc.gov. In Mozambique, PEPFAR is implemented by the U.S. Embassy through the CDC, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Peace Corps.