The Manhiça Health Research Centre (Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça, CISM) was created in 1996 to promote and conduct biomedical research in priority health areas. Since its creation, the Centre has been developing its activities under a bilateral cooperation programme between the Governments of Mozambique and Spain, and with the support of the Hospital Clínic / Universitat de Barcelona (through the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica).
This model has enabled the CISM to grow and develop itself over the last 12 years. In the last few years, the need to provide the CISM with a Mozambican legal structure was identified. The aim was to guarantee the long-term sustainability and autonomy of the CISM, while maintaining at the same time the involvement and commitment of the partners that created the Centre. As a response, the Manhiça Foundation (MF) was created in February of 2008.
The MF is a non-profit institution, created by the Mozambican and Spanish governments, the National Health Institute of Mozambique (INS), the Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica and Dr. Pascoal M. Mocumbi as Honorary Founding Member. The MF governing bodies are the Board of Trustees, (whose president is Dr. Pascoal Mocumbi), and the Board of Governors, who receive advice from the External Scientific Committee. The creation of the MF has been one of the most important milestones in the history of the Centre.
The CISM holds strategic partnerships with other research centres. In an open, multicultural, competitive and increasingly interconnected world, the success of the CISM will depend on its capacity to maintain a stimulating working atmosphere, to strengthen its strategic partnerships and to continue to train future researchers. The increase in research activities has been accompanied with a strengthening of the training activities, which are key to the sustainability of the Centre. Lastly, its health care activities reflect its commitment to improve the health of the population in the Manhiça District and its partnership with the health authorities at the district as well as in national level.