The Mozambique Institute for Health Education and Research – MIHER is a Research Support Center, created in order to catalyze and mobilize resources to improve training of health professionals, development of Bio-medical research, as well as support health programs.
It is an intellectual nature institution, nonprofit organization created in 2011 and which has to carry out its activities various partners including national universities, regional and international, government institutions, NGOs and bilateral cooperation agencies.
One of the conditions for the creation of the MIHER was the fact that sub-Saharan Africa has enormous health professional shortage as necessary to address the major challenges in global health and ensuring equity in health care to populations .
Indeed, while Africa has 24% of the disease burden in the world, it has only 3% of health workers and less than 1% of the financial resources available worldwide to health. Overall, one third of vacancies available to teachers in African medical schools are not met or their teachers have to supplement their wages in other ways. In terms of scientific production only 10% of teachers in African universities are involved in the investigation. Mozambique is no exception, with 2 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants in contrast to some countries like the US where the ratio is 280 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. Within Mozambican doctors formed between 1980 and 2006, 25% have left the public sector by 2010 and of these 62.4% went to the private sector in the country.
So the MIHER aims to complement the Government’s efforts to support the increase and improvement of the quality of health professionals, development of Bio-medical research and development of retention strategies of the frames where they are most needed.
Contribute to the career development of high quality health professionals capable of developing cutting-edge scientific research and to design strategies for the retention of these professionals in public institutions, in order to ensure sustainability.
Become an institution of excellence and reference at the national and international level in the support of training of health professionals and the development of research infrastructure in bio-medical, behavioral, epidemiological, and operational research.
Educational Capacity: Contribute to increase the quantity and quality of trained health workers in the country, particularly physicians through measures to improve the teaching and research skills of teachers, production and provision of teaching support materials, support to grant postgraduate and professional courses in partnership with public universities and other educational institutions in the country.
Capacity in Scientific Research: Contribute on the development of a critical mass of national researchers from public universities in the country through the organization of scientific research methodology courses, writing protocols and scientific manuscripts and mobilization of resources for research.
Capacity in Bioinformatic: Contribute to the development and improvement of connectivity through information and communication technologies (ICT) among the Medical education institutions particularly Unilúrio, Unizambeze and UEM and its teaching hospitals to develop distance learning, Telemedicine, video conferencing and digital library to be shared by all.
Development of retention strategies for health professionals: Contribute to the development and implementation of health professionals retention strategies in the public sector in partnership with health organizations within the Country.
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