Guidance

Mozambique: migrant health guide

Advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients from Mozambique for healthcare practitioners.

Main messages

If the patient is new to the UK:

  • explain to them how the NHS works
  • discuss how this compares to the healthcare system they’ve been used to

Ensure that all patients are up-to-date with the UK immunisation schedule.

Screen all new entrants, including children, for tuberculosis (TB).

Offer and recommend an HIV test to all adults from Mozambique, and consider offering an HIV test to infants and children who have recently arrived in the UK.

Offer to all sexually active individuals:

  • a full sexual health screen
  • safer sex health promotion advice

Consider screening for hepatitis B, particularly among those who have recently arrived. Mozambique has a high prevalence.

Consider screening for hepatitis C, because Mozambique has a considerably higher prevalence than the UK.

Ask opportunistically about any travel plans the patient may have to visit friends and relatives in their country of origin, and see National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), or the Health Protection Scotland websites (TRAVAX and fitfortravel), for travel advice.

There is a risk of typhoid infection in Mozambique.

Infectious diseases

Immunisation

Ensure that all patients, especially children, are up-to-date with the UK immunisation schedule. See Immunisation collection with complete schedules.

Tuberculosis

There is a very high incidence of TB in Mozambique (>500 cases/100,000), so:

  • screen all new entrants (including children) for TB according to NICE guidelines
  • refer to TB services promptly if screening is positive
  • maintain long term vigilance for symptoms of TB even if initial screening is negative
  • be aware that TB is a notifiable disease

Sexually transmitted infections and HIV

There is a high rate of HIV in Mozambique (>1%), so:

Although recent global data on STIs are not available, countries with high HIV rates tend to have higher rates of STIs, and the range of STIs encountered in Mozambique may vary from those in the UK, so offer to sexually active individuals:

  • a full sexual health screen
  • safer sex health promotion advice by referral to local genito-urinary medicine services

Hepatitis B

Mozambique has a high prevalence of hepatitis B, so:

  • consider screening for hepatitis B, particularly those who have recently arrived
  • offer screening for hepatitis B to all pregnant women during each pregnancy
  • immunise appropriately babies born to mothers who are hepatitis B positive, and follow-up accordingly
  • be aware that the UK has a selective immunisation programme for hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Mozambique has a considerably higher prevalence of hepatitis C than the UK, so consider screening for hepatitis C.

Travel plans and advice

Ask opportunistically about any travel plans the patient may have to visit friends and relatives in their country of origin, and see National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), or the Health Protection Scotland websites (TRAVAX and fitfortravel), for travel advice.

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria in Mozambique, mainly due to P. falciparum, so:

Typhoid

There is a risk of typhoid infection in Mozambique, so:

  • ensure that travellers to Mozambique are offered typhoid immunisation and advice on prevention of enteric fever
  • remember enteric fever in the differential diagnosis of illness in patients with a recent history of travel to-or-from Mozambique

Helminths

There is a risk of helminth infections in Mozambique, including:

  • schistosomiasis
  • lymphatic filariasis
  • soil transmitted helminthiasis

Reproductive health indicators

Reproductive health indicator UK Mozambique
Number of children per woman¹ 2 5
Use of contraception² 82% 16.5%

¹lifetime average; ²by woman of reproductive age or partner

No data are available on:

  • mammography screening rates
  • cervical cancer screening rates

Nutritional and metabolic concerns

Anaemia

There is a high risk of anaemia in adults (estimated prevalence in non-pregnant women is >40%) and a moderate risk in pre-school children (estimated prevalence is 20 to 40%), so:

  • be alert to the possibility of anaemia in recently arrived migrants, particularly women and pre-school children
  • test as clinically indicated

Vitamin D

Consider the possibility of vitamin D deficiency in people who may be at risk due to:

  • covering their body for cultural or religious reasons (lack of sunlight)
  • skin colour
  • diet (vegan or vegetarian)

Vitamin A

There is a high risk of vitamin A deficiency in Mozambique.

Iodine

People from Mozambique may be at risk of mild iodine deficiency due to inadequate intake.

Country profile

Health indicators and health care

WHO Global Health Observatory has a summary of health indicators and health care in Mozambique.

Culture, politics and history

BBC News and The World Factbook provide background information on the culture, politics and history of Mozambique.

Languages

Language Population (%)
Emakhuwa 25.3
Portuguese¹ 10.7
Xichangana 10.3
Cisena 7.5
Elomwe 7
Echuwabo 5.1
Other Mozambican 30.1
Other 4

¹official

Source: The World Factbook.

Religions

Religion Population (%)
Roman Catholic 28.4
None 18.7
Muslim 17.9
Zionist Christian 15.5
Protestant¹ 12.2
Other 6.7
Unspecified 0.7

¹includes: Pentecostal 10.9% and Anglican 1.3%

Source: The World Factbook.

Migration to the UK

At the time of the 2011 census there were almost 6,000 people from Mozambique living in England and Wales.

Source: Office for National Statistics.

Published 31 July 2014