Regional Development Initiatives
Supporting Advanced Education
The Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering (MSPE) program is the first of its kind in Mozambique. The MSPE program, sponsored by Anadarko and the Area 1 participants, is being collaboratively developed by UEM engineering and geology faculty, Anadarko subject-matter experts and U.S. professors from leading petroleum engineering programs. This program represents a unique approach to the development of sustainable petroleum education programs in Mozambique as it enables petroleum capacity building within the country.
The post-graduate program was launched in February 2014 at the UEM Faculty of Engineering. The launch event also served to recognize more than 20 students who completed their pre-requisite core Petroleum Engineering (PE) program coursework in 2013. The inaugural group is entirely made up of full-time professionals employed by various companies and represents several Mozambican provinces including Maputo, Nampula and Gaza.
By February 2015, the PE program had grown to more than 50 students, 75 percent full-time professionals and 25 percent direct from undergraduate programs. This year signifies the first simultaneous delivery of all three levels of student cohorts (Core, MS year one, and MS year two).
After completing their research dissertation, the MS-year-two students will be part of a group of individuals with a UEM Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree – the first graduates with this credential in the history of Mozambique.
The development of this program is a subset of our larger National Content program.
Enhancing Pediatric Care
Since 2011, we have supported Partners for Pediatric Progress (PPP), an initiative of the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), in partnership with the Department of Pediatrics at Maputo Central Hospital and the UEM School of Medicine. Support by Anadarko and the Area 1 participants enabled PPP to hire a full-time U.S.-trained pediatrician and UCLA faculty member to be based in Maputo. PPP has facilitated training in Maputo from UCLA specialists with expertise in the fields of pediatric radiology, cardiology, neonatology, infectious diseases and intensive care, while also coordinating exchange trips for Mozambican physicians to spend time at the UCLA medical campus. PPP also supported the training of Mozambique’s first pediatric surgeon. Today, Mozambique has nearly 70 qualified pediatricians and two qualified pediatric surgeons, with another three pediatric surgeons currently undergoing training.
Building on the success in Maputo, PPP expanded pediatric training to Palma district in Cabo Delgado, the location of the future LNG facility, by introducing medical training to doctors, medical technicians, nurses, midwives and community health workers with a focus on pediatric care. Training has been provided to staff members of the six health centers and community based health workers in the Palma district. Staff members learned the steps for basic newborn care and resuscitation. Training topics include the global program “Helping Babies Breathe,” a neonatal resuscitation and essential new-born care training, which has proven to successfully reduce neonatal mortality by up to 50 percent in similar settings. Other training session topics include high-burden pediatric diseases such as parasitic infections, anemia, malnutrition, respiratory and diarrheal illness and malaria. Health centers also receive training materials and essential medical supplies.
Creating Road Safety Awareness
Launched in August of 2014, the Anadarko-sponsored road safety campaign, “Supatxenja,” (“Super Changer”) aims to increase knowledge and awareness of safe road practices and promotes safe road behaviors such as “Stop, Look, Think, Go.” The campaign, which features twin super heroes, expects to reach approximately 18,000 people through school events, theater, music, painting, workshops, competitions, cultural events and more in Pemba, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma district.
The Supatxenja twins are backed up by a league of youth activists that work with schools and communities to identify road safety concerns, map key risk zones in their neighborhoods and plan solutions. Road safety focal groups have been created to take concrete actions on road safety, such as erecting road signs directing traffic to slow down near schools. The campaign has produced two road safety pop anthems with popular local musicians in Pemba that have been broadcasted on the radio, creating awareness of road safety among a large audience and encouraging everyone to be a Supatxenja. In May 2015, the campaign celebrated the Global Week of Road Safety with a march and rally, public exhibition, drama and wall drawings in Pemba.
The campaign works in partnership with the government, in particular the Municipalities of Pemba and Mocimboa da Praia, the Provincial Directorate of Transport and Communications (DPTC), the National Institute for Terrestrial Transport (INATTER) and local road police.
Supporting Community-Focused Conservation
In 2013, villagers in the Niassa National Reserve gathered around a scenic patch of land, empty except for bush and hippopotamus paths, in anticipation of their traditional leaders approving this site for a new initiative by the Niassa Lion Project (NLP). The initiative would bring jobs and skills training to the communities that live side by side with lions, leopards and elephants. The NLP serves to secure and conserve lions and other large carnivores in the reserve by promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. As lions are the top of the food chain, successful lion conservation means preserving the wilderness.
Anadarko and the Area 1 participants recognize the importance of preserving Mozambique’s lion population and natural heritage through conservation and education, and have supported the construction of the NLP’s Mariri Environmental and Skills Training Center. Implemented by and for Mozambicans, the Center was built by a construction team composed entirely of local villagers using locally sourced, affordable materials as much as possible. Moreover, for every brick made for the Center, another brick was made for community projects such as adult education classrooms and water tanks. The construction workers, some of whom may have formerly resorted to poaching, learned a wide variety of new skills, including carpentry, masonry and thatching.
Anadarko along with the participants in Area 1 recently launched a public-private partnership with the NGO Pathfinder International and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections in Palma, Mocimboa da Praia and Pemba in Cabo Delgado province. The project targets at-risk populations with the goals of increasing the correct and consistent use of condoms, increasing the uptake of HIV testing and counseling, and increasing access to quality, integrated health services.