Mozambique

Health

Each post maintains a health unit with at least one full-time medical officer who handles Volunteers’ primary health-care needs, including evaluation and treatment of most medical conditions. Upon your arrival in-country, you will receive a country-specific health handbook. During pre-service training, the health unit will provide you with a medical kit with basic medical supplies to treat mild illnesses and first aid needs. During this time, you must provide your own prescription medications and any other specific medical supplies you need. (Bring a three-month supply of your prescriptions!). Your prescription medications will be ordered for you during Pre-Service training, and it may take several months for shipments to arrive. After training the medical officers will provide the prescription medications you take during service.  Your medical kit can be restocked anytime during service.

During service, the medical officers are available to answer your questions, and you may always feel free to contact them by phone, text message, email, or in person if you feel you have a physical, emotional, or other problem that relates to your health or well-being. You will have physicals at mid-service and at the end of your service, and can be seen by your medical officer on an as-needed basis. Additional medical care is available at local hospitals. If you develop a serious medical problem during your service, the medical officer will consult with the Office of Health Services in Washington, D.C., or a regional medical officer. If you cannot receive the care you need in-country, you will be transported to a Peace Corps-approved regional medical facility or the U.S. Read more about the Peace Corps’ approach to health

Health Issues In-Country

Health conditions in Mozambique are typical of those of any developing country. Gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory infections, and viral hepatitis are common, as well as HIV/AIDS. Because malaria is endemic in Mozambique, drug prophylaxis against this disease is mandatory for all trainees and Volunteers, beginning at arrival in country. Immunizations are required for service in Mozambique and must be kept current during your tour. Recent statistics indicate that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Mozambique is endemic and has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world. In Mozambique the disease affects men and women equally, and is primarily transmitted through unprotected sexual contact. The beautiful beaches of Mozambique are sure to tempt you during vacations. You must wear a life jacket for boat travel and have a scuba-diving license on file with the Peace Corps/Mozambique medical officer in order to go diving. Scuba diving is not regulated in Mozambique, so you will need to research the company you plan to dive with and take all precautions. Volunteers are prohibited from driving cars or driving or riding motorcycles.