Capacity building of the National Health Institute

Duration: 2012-2014

Budget: 689.755

Through this aid, the Government of Flanders wants to take the development of health care further on the basis of evidence-based medicine (EBM). To this end, the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp will share its expertise in the field of EBM to the Mozambican partner “Instituto Nacional de Saúde” (INS).

Duration and budget

In 2012, an amount of 689,755 euros was earmarked for the INS for this three-year project, of which the sum of 237,050 euros is allocated to the ITG.

Problem definition

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is mainly founded on research results. However, little or no scientific evidence is available for a lot of commonly applied treatments, especially in first line care. Since the 1990s, strong progress has been made in this field.

Experiences in other countries show that EBM may be an important factor in improving medical care provision, achieving efficient and effective diagnoses and avoiding loss of time as well as unnecessary examinations. Mozambique has little to no experience with the EBM practice. Yet, EBM is an essential instrument to inform policy and make adequate use of scarce resources.

In sub-Saharan Africa, EBM could also lead to an important reorganisation of public health care and is, more than ever, necessary to be able to deal with the huge health problems that go hand in hand with poverty and inequality.

At the same time, society's expectations with regard to the provision of high-quality services in health care are growing, and so is the level of coverage. The development of new technologies, international initiatives and growing global awareness put additional pressure on policymakers and health workers. Therefore, evidence-based medicine, control and evaluation are vital to implement a good public health policy, including in Mozambique.

Practical implementation

The idea is to build the individual and institutional capacity of the Mozambican “Instituto Nacional de Saúde” (INS) with the support of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG).

The Mozambican “Instituto Nacional de Saúde” (INS) is the national health institute of Mozambique. The INS performs policy research and gives advice with regard to the Mozambican health policy, among other things. Its head office is located in Maputo. The INS has three regional research centres (periphery of Maputo, Chókwè and Beira) and two regional reference laboratories for tuberculosis (Beira and Nampula).


Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS) - Maputo

Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (ITG) - Antwerp