The Mozambican NCD Alliance was launched on 30 November 2018 in the capital Maputo with the participation of Minister of Health Dr. Nazira Abdula and other high-level representatives from the WHO country office, government, academia, health professionals and civil society.
The event was organised by the alliance’s founding members: the Mozambican Heart Association, Mozambican Association for the Fight Against Cancer, Mozambican Association of Hemophilic Patients, ANTEPARO and Mozambican Diabetes Association.
In her introductory speech Dr. Neusa Jessen, founding member from the Mozambican Heart Association, emphasised that NCDs account for one-third of all deaths in the country. This represents a large cost for the health system and for society, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable populations, she added.
NCD Alliance has supported the newly launched national alliance with capacity building and a grant from the Seed Programme within NCDA’s Advocacy Institute. The new alliance is also supported by the Global Alliance for Respiratory Diseases.