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FASD awareness campaign and training in Mozambique

A joint work project between collaborators from Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Germany), Universidade Católica de Mocambique (Mozambique) and Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil).

18.11.2017

CIHLMU is supporting the efforts of the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Project to spread information and give support to mothers and childs dealing with these problems.

From November 6 to 18, 2017, the three partners involved in the FASD project (Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Germany, Universidade Católica de Mocambique in Mozambique and Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil) met in Beira to carry out a variety of activities.

An awareness campaign about the potential harm of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and about the implications for the health and functionof the child was planned and implemented together with students of the Universidad Católica de Mozambique (UCM). The campaign also involved a play which demonstrated the symptoms of children with FASD, a controversial discussion, and T-shirts with a FASD prevention logo and slogan.

Educational modules were developed first in English and then translated into Portuguese. These interactive lectures were held for the medical, psychology, and nursing students in the 1st through 4th year of study at the UCM in Beira (307 students total) and presented different cases of children with FASD for the practical training of these students.

Nursing students in the 3rd and 4th year were given support from the coordinators of the FASD project to conduct a survey in the slums about social status, health behavior and alcohol use (before, during and after pregnancy). The questionnaires were collected and will be assessed by the research team of UCM. The results will provide information for future studies regarding FASD.

Coordinated by
Dr. Mirjam Landgraf, Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Germany
Dr. Birte Rahmsdorf, Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Germany
Dr. Florian Heinen, Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Germany
Dr. Kajal Chhaganlal, Universidade Católica de Mocambique in Mozambique
Dr. Denise Carvalho, Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil

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