This Eni Foundation project began with work to improve the Palma District central health unit. To respond to emergencies involving women in labour, we built an operating theatre at the health centre equipped with X-ray, scanning and laboratory facilities to boost the centre’s diagnostic capacities, and a maternity unit to care for pregnant women from the most remote parts of the district. We also gave the healthcare staff an off-road vehicle so they could run mobile clinics and monitor the more remote health centres. In addition to improving infrastructure, we also organised a range of training activities. During 2014, we ran a number of training courses for the medical, nursing, technical and administrative staff of the entire district. Another component of the project was a drama production entitled “The Theatre is Good For You” – an alternative approach to teaching good practice in the areas of hygiene, healthcare and diet. This was produced and coordinated with the assistance of Jacopo Fo and Bruno Patierno.
Finally, we have launched a programme of effective treatment for precancerous or neoplastic lesions in women at 21 health centres in the city of Maputo and its province. About 630 women between the ages of 25 and 50 have been preventively screened for cervical cancer. The programme also involves supplying equipment and tools to make screening processes fully functional at seven of the health centres, as well as training 30 health workers at centres in the city of Maputo.