The Manhiça Research Centre (CISM), together with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), have greatly contributed to the translation of health research into public health policies through strategic collaborators in many research studies conducted over the last 20 years.
They lead the clinical trial in Manhiça (Mozambique) and will complement the consortium with its expertise in causes of death studies and minimally invasive autopsy techniques. The sub-study of cases of death will help to improve the knowledge of respiratory infections in HIV-infected infants with severe pneumonia.
Centro de Investigação em Saúde da Manhiça (CISM) was created in 1996 with the aim of boosting and conducting biomedical research in priority health areas. Since its creation, the Center has been developed following the orientation of a Bilateral Cooperation Program between the Governments of Mozambique and Spain and with the support of the Clinic Hospital of the University of Barcelona (via the Clinical Foundation for Biomedical Research).
In 2008, it was set up the Manhiça Foundation to strengthen CISM’s institutional capacities. Now, the foundation manages the CISM general administration and the scientific research programme.
The main areas of activity are as follows:
- Developing a multidisciplinary research agenda in malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, enteropathogens, and maternal, infant and reproductive health, with the objective of improving health policies and programmes.
- Building Mozambique’s national capacities for health research through a training programme for young researchers and exchanges with other centres.
- Improving the quality of care provided by the National health system.