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Opening ceremony of the Samora Machel Building at the Maputo Military Hospital
U.S. Ambassador H. Dean Pittman joined Minister of National Defense Atanásio Salvador M’tumuke for the December 18 opening of the Samora Machel Building at the Maputo Military Hospital following a $3,200,000 renovation financed by the United States Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The renovated Samora Machel Building will support general patient care; offer pediatric, obstetrical, and gynecological services; house consultation rooms and medical offices; and provide essential medical storage for the Maputo Military Hospital. This significant expansion of the Maputo Military Hospital will significantly improve patient care for military members, their families, and members of the surrounding communities, while simultaneously aiding the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to end the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Work on this project has been carried out as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Mozambican Armed Defense Forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This partnership supports HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; strategic information; and human capacity development both within the Mozambican military and in the communities where they live and work.
Thanks to the work being carried out under this partnership, HIV/AIDS testing, care, and treatment is available for all Mozambican armed forces personnel and their families throughout the entire country. In addition, a robust partnership with the Ministry of National Defense helps prevent new infections through condom distribution and voluntary medical male circumcisions.
In the past two years the U.S. Government and Government of the Republic of Mozambique have under this partnership opened fourteen new treatment sites in nine provinces throughout Mozambique through DoD PEPFAR. At each military medical site, patients are tested for HIV and, if positive, connected to appropriate treatment. Though the focus of this program is supporting health of Mozambican military members, up to 90% of patients treated at military health sites are civilians from the local communities. The Governments of the United States and Mozambique remain committed to this partnership and plan to open five additional military treatment sites next year.
Originally built in the colonial era to support the Portuguese military, the Samora Machel Building has served a variety of functions since Mozambican independence. However, for more than 20 years, the building has remained unused and in a state of extreme neglect. The December 18 ceremony marked a new phase in this historic structure’s life in which, thanks to the investment made in its rehabilitation by the U.S. Government, it will once again be able to honor appropriately the legacy of public service of its namesake one of Mozambique’s leaders, Samora Machel.Source: Press Release/ U.S Embassy in Maputo