Children in a village


Health care

  • In the European union there are 330 physicians for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In Mozambique the ratio is 3 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants.
    (Source: World Health Organization)
  • However, the district of Memba, with 250,000 people, for a long time had no physician! The hospital now has one doctor, but he can hardly keep up with the overwhelming number of patients.

Child survival rates

  • Infant mortality in the European union is at 0.39%.
  • In Mozambique, in contrast, 7.7% of all infants die within the first year.
    (Sources: CIA World Factbook, 2013 /
    European Commission. Report on health inequalities in the European Union. 2013)


History and Society

A Painful Past

In 1991, after almost 500 years of Portuguese colonial rule and the ensuing civil war, Mozambique was the poorest country in the world. After 27 months of tenacious but fruitful negotiations, the country finally reached a peace agreement in 1992.

The war cost one million lives, resulted in the displacement of four million Mozambicans within the country and a further 1.7 million who were forced to flee across the border. It left in its wake vast destruction of infrastructure, economic breakdown, and loss of existing health care facilities.

Life Expectancy

Mozambique’s population is relatively young. 45.5% of the population are under the age of 15, and only 3% are over 65. The average life expectancy is 52 years. The causes of this high mortality rate are, among others, lack of knowledge relating to hygiene, poor living conditions, and desolate health care.

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