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THRP Mozambican delegation visits Saskatoon: September 2013

By Denise Kouri, THRP Program Manager

In September 2013, our Mozambican colleagues Tanda and Horacio visited Saskatoon for 10 days. We had a very productive and enjoyable time together. Antonio Tanda is the Mozambican Director of our project and Horacio Chissaque is the Massinga Centre Director. Our 5-year CIDA-funded partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and the Mozambican Ministry of Health is building the capacity of a training centre for rural health workers -- focusing on community participation to improve health. The Massinga Centre (MC) now trains several hundred health workers per year as a result of project support, and acts as a demonstration site for the rest of the country. Headquartered in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine, the project is nearing its completion.

During their visit, Tanda and Horacio made presentations at the Global Health Conference and in a College of Medicine Global Health class. They updated their connections to the UofS medical students who visited MC in the past, or are planning to do so.  They participated in planning meetings with the Canadian project team, the University Liaison Committee for the project, and other U of S faculty and staff. They also visited local enterprises to identify methods and technologies that could be adapted to Mozambique, including solar power and portable trailers, the Station 20W enterprise centre and the Food for the Hungry.  On the last day of their visit, Tanda was able to visit W.P. Bates school to thank the students and teachers, along with those from the Pinehouse school for their support of students in Massinga. And on their last evening here, Tanda and Horacio were able to personally update and thank friends and supporters of the project and of Mozambique at a reception held in their honour.

In their short visit, they were able to tell their story to Saskatchewan people in many ways, renewing and strengthening understanding and support of Mozambique.

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