The Mavalane general hospital on the outskirts of Maputo is to get a major overhaul as part of a construction and renovation project financed by Italian development cooperation. Plans include the complete reorganisation of the clinical services, kitchens, storehouses, laundry and reception, according to a statement released by the Italian embassy in Maputo in early July. The hospital information system is also being reorganised, new equipment for performing ultrasound scans and electrocardiograms will be installed and the hospital laboratories will be improved.

Italy has allocated six million euros to the project, which will be spent over three years. The embassy also said 92,000 had been spent from emergency funds to build a new cholera treatment centre next to the hospital.