30 Sep 2021
By: Ayomide Sina-Odunsi

Through its Health in Emergencies Programme, IOM works with communities affected by conflict and displacement in Northern Mozambique to support restoration of the continuum of care for HIV and TB patients. Juliano, pathogen carrier living in Montepuez, shared: “I was diagnosed in 2019. I fled Mocimboa da Praia because of the insecurity. I arrived in Mtele resettlement center in October 2020, and I did not have access to my medications because I had no idea where the healthcare centres were located.”

A community assessment led by the community leader and its members identified Juliano as needing urgent medical assistance due to his deteriorated state. IOM supported him with access to treatment: “IOM healthcare workers took me to the centre where I was assessed and given medicine. I now have access to my treatment and medication.”

After patients restart treatment, IOM provides regular support through its multi-disciplinary teams to respond to the multifaceted health and psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by displacement and ensure adherence to treatment. “I continue to receive support visits from the IOM healthcare workers. They are a part of my life and have become like family now.”

“I was getting sicker and weaker! After I started taking the medication, I felt better. Thankful that I am able to move by my own again.”

Juliano Mucheche sits firmly back towards his new home in the Mtele Resettlement Site
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being