Program Office

Avenida Lucas Elias Kumato, #33
Maputo, Mozambique
Phone: + 258-21-485-025
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Mozambique has been battered by years of conflict, colonial rule and famine. Yet, malaria is the biggest killer and accounts for almost 30% of deaths recorded in hospitals. The disease pattern in the country is strongly related to poverty issues and malnutrition. However, 1.7 million of Mozambique’s 20 million people are living with HIV. Without effective health behavior change interventions, life expectancy is expected to fall to 35.9 by 2010.1

PSI/Mozambique was established in 1994 to assist the Ministry of Health (MOH) scale up HIV prevention. For example, PSI/Mozambique offers technical and managerial support to the MOH in voluntary counseling testing (VCT) and preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services, PSI/Mozambique added malaria prevention to its portfolio in 2000 and a safe water program in 2004.

PSI/Mozambique’s memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Interior and with many other NGOs help to expand the reach of communications campaigns and product distribution to those most vulnerable, particularly in rural areas with weak commercial infrastructure.

  1. 1. Source: UNICEF Mozambique Overview.
Health Areas

Child Survival, HIV, Reproductive Health

Health Impact

Although PSI is a nonprofit organization, it continually measures its effect on diseases and evaluates outcomes from its programs. For example, PSI/Mozambique uses a metric called Disability Adjusted Life Year or DALY to measure health impact in the countries it serves. Monthly Health Impact Reports are available at

PSI/Mozambique estimates that in 2010, its products and services helped avert:

  • 183,420 HIV & TB DALYs1
  • 48,818 Reproductive Health DALYs
  • 179,849 Malaria Control DALYs
  • 10,820 Child Survival DALYs
    1. 1. Source: The DALY (Disability-Adjusted Life Year) is a widely-used, credible metric that was first developed by the World Bank and is now routinely relied upon in the public health community.
Improving Health in Mozambique

HIV/AIDS Prevention

PSI promotes healthy behaviors and seeks to change harmful cultural norms such as cross-generational sex. PSI/Mozambique uses mass media and a network of ten theater groups and 120 community communications agents to deliver targeted messages in local languages. Theater and community agents reach roughly 500,000 people per year.

PSI/Mozambique has also worked with partners to develop a network peer educators who work with military personnel, police and commercial sex workers. PSI/Mozambique also supports the MOH and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in delivering VCT in 27 government health facilities and in workplaces, communities and schools. These sites counsel and test more than 13,000 clients per month, making PSI/Mozambique the MOH’s largest partner in VCT service provision.

PSI/Mozambique markets three brands of condoms (JeitO, JeitO Aromatizado and Trust Studs), which are available at subsidized rates in more than 6,000 outlets. Sales increased by 15% in 2006 to 22 million.

Child Survival

PSI/Mozambique launched a safe water program with its own funding in 2004 to help reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases, particularly in children under 5. To date, the program has sold or distributed more than 1 million bottles of Certeza, each of which treats enough water for a family of five for one month. PSI worked with a local bleach manufacturer to improve its quality control sufficiently and produce Certeza locally.

Certeza is promoted through mass media and community theater, sold at a subsidized price in markets and distributed in emergency situations (e.g., cholera outbreaks and floods). PSI/Mozambique also partners with local and international NGOs to train home-based care workers in diarrheal disease prevention. More than 8,000 workers have been trained to date.

Family Planning

PSI/Mozambique is studying the potential of the commercial market to reduce the burden on the MOH in providing oral contraceptives. The goal is to introduce a high-quality oral contraceptive to the commercial market that is cost-effective.

Latest News


  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) Government of the Netherlands
  • British Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Alere


  • Mozambique Ministry of Health through the National Directorate for Disease Control and Health Promotion and the Provincial and District Health Directorates
  • National AIDS Council (NAC)
  • Mozambique Ministry of National Defense (MND)
  • Mozambique Ministry of Interior