Spain’s Queen Letizia visits health center in Mozambique

Spain's Queen Letizia (R) greets a little boy as she visits the International Benchmark Center for Communicable Diseases in Manhica, Mozambique, 29 April 2019. EPA/BALLESTEROS

MOZAMBIQUE.- Spain’s Queen Letizia was in Mozambique on Monday where she visited a health center that treats contagious diseases such as malaria.

During her visit to the Manhica Health Research Center in the south of the African country, the Queen showed her support for the work carried out by Spanish aid workers there and learned about the consequences of the two cyclones that have hit the country in less than a month and a half.

The facilities set up to fight against transferable diseases are located next to a health center where, at the time of the Queen’s visit, dozens of Mozambicans were awaiting medical attention with their children.

Letizia, who sported a red vest like those worn by Spanish aid workers, toured the facilities of the primary care center and spoke with several of the women who were waiting in line for their children to receive care.

The monarch showed an interest in their condition and expressed gestures of affection.

She was joined by the center’s management as well as Mozambique’s health minister, Nazira Vali Abdula, who explained how the center works.

The Queen met with those who run the center as well as Spanish volunteers who work there, viewed facilities that included the Parasitology laboratory.

It was there, while wearing a white lab coat, that the Queen took a look through a microscope at some of the studies in progress.

Letizia also visited the insectarium where studies into mosquitoes and how to deal with malaria are carried out.

The research center was founded in 1996 with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), the ministry of health of Mozambique, the Clinic Foundation for Biomedical Research and the medical faculty of Mozambique’s Eduardo Mondlane University.

In 2008, the center was awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for international cooperation and it has become a center of reference in the fight against communicable diseases in low-income countries.

After visiting the center in Manhica, a town some 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Maputo, the Queen was expected to meet Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi as well as Spanish aid workers. EFE-EPA

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