Aligning with Mozambique’s health priorities
Dr. Annette Cassy, Deputy Director of Planning and Cooperation at the Mozambique Ministry of Health, who was the chief guest, expressed gratitude for PATH’s enduring partnership. “As a Ministry, we are grateful that in 2012, PATH decided to open an office in Mozambique and stayed, sharing the mission of the Ministry of Health. For the past ten years, PATH has been aligned with Mozambique’s health priorities, addressing critical health challenges and contributing to the establishment of sustainable systems that save lives and promote our children’s well-being.”
“As a Ministry, we are grateful that in 2012, PATH decided to open an office in Mozambique and stayed, sharing the mission of the Ministry of Health.”— Dr. Annette Cassy, Mozambique Ministry of Health.
Speaking at the tenth anniversary event, PATH’s Chief of the Africa Region, Dr. Nanthalile Mugala, emphasized how the organization’s commitment is rooted in trust and collaboration, underscoring the leadership and guidance the Mozambican government has provided to PATH and its partners in advancing early childhood development (ECD) services in the country. “Our major progress includes integrating nurturing care into various health system levels, touching crucial points like antenatal care, maternity [services], postnatal care, well-baby clinics, HIV services, pediatric wards, sick childcare, and home visits by community health workers,” said Dr. Mugala.
“Our major progress includes integrating nurturing care into various health system levels, touching crucial points like antenatal care, maternity [services], postnatal care, well-baby clinics, HIV services, and pediatric wards.”— PATH’s Chief of the Africa Region, Dr. Nanthalile Mugala.
The story of PATH in Mozambique
Melanie Picolo, PATH Mozambique Country Representative, provided an overview of PATH’s establishment in the country, focusing on the integration of ECD services into routine primary health care. With the support of the Ministry of Health and other partners, PATH’s initiatives have positively impacted more than 2.7 million children under the age of five. By leveraging trusted local relationships, collaborative approaches, and profound technical expertise, PATH has worked hand in hand with the Ministry of Health to create sustainable systems. This collaborative effort addresses evolving health challenges, ranging from malnutrition and malaria to ECD and epidemic preparedness and response.
Celebrating impact and respectful partnerships
Over the past decade, PATH’s impact has been substantial. The organization reached nearly 3 million children with malnutrition prevention and treatment solutions and provided nurturing care interventions to another 2 million children. Technical assistance to the Ministry of Health resulted in the strengthening of more than 15 national guidelines and testing of the latest resistance-breaking mosquito net technology to combat malaria. PATH also supported the COVID-19 response through social and behavioral change and the provision of protective equipment.
The event served not only as an acknowledgment of PATH’s contributions but also as an opportunity to recognize collaborators and renew commitments to advancing health equity and social justice in Mozambique. Ms. Picolo expressed gratitude to the government, development partners, nongovernmental organizations, civil society, and communities for their support over the past decade.
Going beyond the basics
PATH’s commitment extended beyond its initial focus on ECD, incorporating nutrition, malaria, noncommunicable diseases, immunization, and digital health into its portfolio. “From increasing cure rates for malnourished children to advocating for more cost-effective malaria prevention methods, PATH has made significant strides,” emphasized Ms. Picolo.
Highlighting PATH’s dedication to innovation, Ms. Picolo stated, "PATH is actively contributing to develop, test, and integrate digital solutions to enhance health service delivery and data quality. This includes initiatives like the CommCare platform, DHIS2 Tracker, and OpenLMIS, aimed at advancing health care through technological innovations.”
Looking ahead with a plan
Ms. Picolo also announced the launch of PATH’s Strategic Plan in Mozambique, guiding interventions until 2025. “Aligned with global and regional strategies, as well as national priorities, PATH’s strategic plan focuses on preparing for health threats, leveraging science and technology, and increasing the capacity and resilience of Mozambique’s health system,” she said.
“Our goal is to ensure that all Mozambicans, regardless of their background, have access to quality health care. Good health is the gateway to education and economic opportunities, laying the foundation for a safer, more just, and prosperous world.”
“Our goal is to ensure that all Mozambicans, regardless of their background, have access to quality health care.”— Melanie Picolo, PATH Mozambique Country Representative.
Launch of the PATH Mozambique 2025 Strategy
Besides the ten-year anniversary, the event marked a significant milestone as Dr. Annette Cassy officially launched the PATH Mozambique Strategy.
“This strategic plan is aligned with national health priorities and the global health agenda and focuses on strengthening health systems, leveraging health solutions, and improving health outcomes. As a Ministry, we are always looking for ways to better serve our citizens. It is with enthusiasm that we join PATH at this time when we celebrate and reflect on the achievements and lessons of the last decade,” Dr. Cassy said, adding that it is “equally important to launch the new strategic plan.”
In closing, Dr. Cassy reaffirmed the Government of Mozambique’s commitment and support for PATH as a valued partner and trusted ally in the pursuit of health for all in Mozambique, even as the context on climate and health evolves.
“Based on the strength of our relationship and the experience we have on both sides,” she said, “how can we ensure that our communities and health system are prepared for disasters, which are inevitable? As PATH plans for the future, we are happy to know that its work also has a focus on climate change.”