The Manhiça Health Research Centre is a Mozambican non-profit organisation that carries out biomedical research in priority areas aimed at improving the health of the most vulnerable populations. The centre was founded in 1996 with the support of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona under the leadership of Dr Pedro Alonso.
In recent years, the work of the CISM has included the creation of a key research agenda, training researchers and technical staff, and supporting healthcare in the district of Manhiça. CISM's international prestige is high and it is one of the leading health research centres in Africa.
The main areas of activity are as follows:
- Developing a multidisciplinary research agenda in malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, enteropathogens, and maternal, infant and reproductive health, with the objective of improving health policies and programmes
- Building Mozambique's national capacities for health research through a training programme for young researchers and exchanges with other centres
- Improving the quality of care provided by the Manhiça district health services
The Manhiça Foundation, which was set up in 2008 to strengthen CISM's institutional capacities, now manages CISM's general administration and the scientific research programme.
Since their creation, both CISM and the Foundation have been supported by ISGlobal and its research centre CRESIB through scientific collaboration, capacity building, and administrative support.