Mozambique increases drug production with support from Brazil

26 October 2018

A partnership between Brazil and Mozambique will allow Sociedade Moçambicana de Medicamentos (SMM) to double its production of medicines from 2019, the Brazilian federal government said in a statement.

The SMM factory, which has the technical capacity to produce 10 different types of medicines to treat diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, mental illness and inflammation, will also supply 150 million paracetamol tablets to the country.

SMM’s director, Evaristo Madime, added that five other medicines could be manufactured, as the governments of both countries had decided to look for other types of strategic partnerships to expand the company’s product portfolio.

“The first objective is the production of medicines for the National Health Service, that is, hospital medicines, but we are gradually entering the private sector, both to supply pharmacies and private clinics,” said the director of SMM.

The Brazilian ambassador to Mozambique, Rodrigo Baena Soares, is quoted in the statement as saying that this type of cooperation is also important because it helps develop techniques and also boosts knowledge in Brazil.

Baena Soares mentioned other bilateral cooperation projects, such as the milk bank that is about to be inaugurated, agriculture in savannah areas and cotton production and processing.

Cooperation between Brazil and Mozambique in this area, through the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, began in 2003 due to the high incidence of HIV/AIDS among the Mozambican population. (macauhub)