Mentoring and supporting heart research in Mozambique

Published: Monday 13th April 2015

During a recent to visit to Africa to fulfil his duties as a Member of the Pan-Africa Society of Cardiology's Task Force on Heart Failure, Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research Professor Simon Stewart met with Professor Ana Mocumbi and her team from the National Health Institute, Mozambique.

During the meeting, the groups discussed plans for a mentorship and support program for her early career researchers and a new initiative to monitor and respond to the emergence of non-communicable forms of heart disease in Mozambique.

A low-income country of approximately 24 million people situated along the south-east coast of the African continent, Mozambique has many health challenges, exacerbated by the enormous size of the country, low resources and a heterogeneous and widely dispersed population.

Consistent with the mission of the MacKillop Institute's mantra to "never see a need without doing something about it", Professor Stewart and his team are proud to support Professor Mocumbi and her team in their efforts to improve health outcomes in their country. Professor Stewart has previously collaborated with Professor Mocumbi - a dynamic cardiologist and researcher with a particular interest in paediatric health - on a number of initiatives, including analyses of the Heart of Soweto Study data and establishing a pan-African registry of pulmonary hypertension.

As part of the collaboration, Professor Stewart will be a regular visitor to Mozambique, provide travel support and mentorship to Professor Mocumbi's team and undertake joint research activities.

Professor Simon Stewart and the National Health Institute, Mozambique
Above: Professor Simon Stewart with Professor Mocumbi and her team in Maputo, Mozambique