Speaking to UN News, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi reiterated the strength of bilateral cooperation and opportunity in resuming agreements; in New York, he met with head of Brazilian diplomacy, Mauro Vieira.
The president of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, said that his country intends to reactivate cooperation with Brazil in the field of health, with emphasis on vaccine production.
The Mozambican head of state spoke to UN News in New York after attending a Security Council meeting. This week, he also attended the opening of the 76th World Health Assembly.
Bridging the gap between population and services
“We were attending the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organisation and it was an assembly session. From there, the x-ray of the growth to the present moment was done. That was done by the director-general of WHO. But our mission was more along the lines of, first, recognising the role of the organisation. And secondly, to transmit our experience and contribution. We chose the concrete case of how we manage Covid-19. And then, other projects such as the One district, one hospital initiative, and so on, to bring our population closer to health services.”
Already at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Nyusi met with Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira on the margins of a Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in conflicts.
The president highlighted a post-pandemic collaboration focusing on the field of immunisation.
“Once again reaffirm the president’s willingness to visit Mozambique. We are very strong in cooperation with Brazil in the area of health. So we said it will be the opportunity for us to be able to resume our agreements in that sense. and I even suggested to start thinking about vaccine production in Mozambique.”
Mozambique has already had a partnership with Brazil to open a medicine factory and train professionals. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, collaborated with the Mozambican Medicine Society on the initiative.
Vaccination levels and training of professionals
Speaking at the General Assembly on Health, Nyusi advocated for more robust international coordination to respond “quickly, efficiently and equitably” to future health emergencies.
Speaking at the plenary, the president noted that Mozambique had 96.6 percent of people vaccinated, highlighting “the high levels of vaccination and training of health professionals.”
According to the Mozambican head of state, health systems need more funding, preparation to act in emergencies and consolidation of resilience, which can be ensured with more investment in the World Health Organisation.