Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique

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The Eduardo Mondlane University was founded in 1962 in the capital of Mozambique as 'General University Studies of Mozambique'. In 1968 it was promoted to the category of University, adopting the name 'Universidade de Lourenço Marques'. In 1976 the university was renamed 'Universidade Eduardo Mondlane', after the first president of the Mozambican Liberation Front. Although the university is still young, it is the oldest - and for an extensive period also the only university - of the country. Today, it continues to be the largest higher education institution in Mozambique. It comprises 14 faculties and 2 higher education schools and has nearly 20,000 students (with over 6000 females).

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1963 and has 9 departments. The department of obstetrics and gynaecology is involved in clinical care, teaching and research. The clinical care takes place at the Central Hospital of Maputo, a tertiary level referral centre for larger Maputo which conducts approximately 7000 births per year and where high-risk pre- and postnatal care are provided. The department has carried out a variety of studies regarding the impact of sexual transmitted infections on pregnancy outcomes, on maternal morbidity and mortality and on abortion. Ongoing projects address HIV, PMTCT, HIV related maternal morbidity and high institutional morbidity and mortality.

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