Research activities

The HIA4SD project partner in Mozambique is the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM). In 2019, the project conducted focus group discussions and interviews in communities near the Montepuez Ruby Mine in Cabo Delgado province, the Moatize coal mines in Tete province and the Titanium mines in Moma and Larde located in Nampula province. A wide range of local stakeholders, including representatives from the mines, the health care sector and community members were consulted to understand local perceptions of health impacts. The findings are summarized in two policy briefs (CISM and r4d version). In addition, interviews with stakeholders at the central-level within Ministries, mining companies and civil society organizations were conducted to discuss potential policy options for managing health impacts of mining projects.

Policy dialogue

Multi-stakeholder meeting in Maputo

The first forum on Research on Health in the Extractive Industry in Mozambique took place on 17 November 2021. The event sparked interest among a broad variety of stakeholders from government, extractive industry, civil society, national and international research and academic institutions. During the meeting, the role of research in bringing evidence of positive and negative effects and its contribution to the recommendation of public health policies in the context of the extractive industry was highlighted. The participants also discussed practical proposals to institutionalize the inclusion of health in current impact assessments coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Land (MTA), Ministry of Health (MISAU), and Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy and how the HIA4SD project can support its implementation. The MISAU recommended developing an action plan to cover health indicators in the impact assessmen . Additionally, the MTA highlighted the current revision of the environmental impact regulation, which might require the development of health action plan when conducting impact assessments for mining projects. Finally, a working group to present the proposals on how to integrate health in the current EIA should be created. The researchers of the project will support the training of technicians on this matter.

The forum was the first event to kick-off a continuous policy dialogue to strengthen the application of health impact assessment in Mozambique. In the coming months, the dialogue will be continued with stakeholders at the local level.

The presentations of the workshop can be accessed here.