Maputo to receive office of Brazilian public health institution

10 September 2007

Brasilia, 10 Sept – The Mozambican capital has been chosen as the location of the first foreign office of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), as part of a health cooperation package announced last Thursday by President Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.

During a meeting with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, Lula also announced plans to build in Maputo a factory for medicine meant for HIV/AIDS patients.

The Brazilian president highlighted the large number of businesseople in the visiting delegation and recalled Brazil’s participation in the Mozambican economy, particularly in Vale do Rio Doce, where the exploitation of coal reserves began this year.

“We hope this encourages a new cycle of infrastructure and development investments,” said Lula.

Guebuza, who succeeded Joaquim Chissano in 2005, replied by stressing the importance of the announced health initiatives and the “great expectations” regarding the medicine factory.

The Mozambican president showed interest in cooperation in the power sector, saying that “the strategic option for biofuel development also takes into account its multiplier effect on poverty reduction.”

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation is an institution located in Rio de Janeiro state linked to the Brazilian federal government. Its aim is to promote research in the area of public health.

Besides developing new technologies for the large-scale manufacture of vaccines against yellow fever and smallpox, it has also made other major contributions to the discovery of a vaccine against blackleg disease and isolation of the AIDS virus circulating in Brazil, among many others. (macauhub)