Grant to INS for building institutional capacity at Instituto Nacional de Saúde (2014)

Project: the development of better health care on the basis of evidence-based medicine (EBM)

Beneficiary: Instituto Nacional de Saúde Mozambique (INS), the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG)

Duration: 2014-2017

Budget: 1.201.91 euro

This budget is for Phase II. For Phase I, which ran from 2013 to February 2015, a budget of EUR 926,805 had already been appropriated, of which EUR 689,755 was intended for INS and EUR 237,050 for ITG.

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

EBM is mainly based on research results. However, little or no scientific research at all 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 teach us that EBM can be an important factor in the improvement of medical care provision. Mozambique has little to no experience in 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 cope with the huge health problems that go hand in hand with poverty and inequality.

The project is specifically designed to build the capacity of the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Mozambique (INS), using the experience of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITG).

The Instituto Nacional de Saúde Mozambique (INS) is the national health institute of Mozambique. It performs policy research and gives advice to the Mozambique government. Its head office is located in Maputo. The INS also has three regional research centres (periphery of Maputo, Chókwè and Beira) and two regional laboratories for tuberculosis (Beira and Nampula).