Men’s Health in Mozambique (MHIM)

Addressing Gaps in Men's Health Literacy and Health Seeking in Mozambique: A Case for Differentiated Care for HIV and CVD

May 2019 – April 2021

Men are more likely to disengage with health services than women in Southern Africa, a gap worsened with the rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) and complex patterns of co-morbidity. There is little regional data on men's health literacy, health-seeking behaviour, and experiences of receiving care in health systems. Mozambique has a high burden of infectious diseases (ID) with steady increase in NCD since the early 2000s. Retention of men in HIV care remains challenging; emerging evidence indicates that men have lower levels of awareness, control, and uptake of treatment for NCDs.

Applying a syndemics approach to the case of HIV and CVD co-morbidity among men in Mozambique, the project aims to strengthen the evidence base for developing differentiated health systems strategies to promote men's health literacy and sustained engagement with health care services in Southern Africa.

Karina Kielmann, Reader in IGHD, is Principal Investigator of the project. Karin Diaconu, IGHD Research Fellow, is using systems dynamics modelling techniques to understand social and structural determinants of men’s health literacy and health-care seeking in Mozambique. 


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Dr Karina Kielmann

Reader - IGHD