Thursday · 14 December 2017
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UCM´s Fight against HIV/AIDS

The Catholic University of Mozambique is aware of the extent to which the HIV/AIDS pandemic has hit the country. UCM is also aware of the importance of the consequences that this disease brings to the whole country. This is why, in solidarity with the initiatives of the Republic of Mozambique and being faithful to the Catholic principles that guide it, UCM has assumed and maintained the commitment to collaborate and create HIV/AIDS policies that promote a human rights-based policy.
Being an institution that is simultaneously of higher learning, and at the same time belonging to the Catholic Church, UCM considers as its mission the contribution that it can make in building a society that is based on solidarity, integrity and respect of human dignity through the diffusion of the Christian thought, ideas and values in order to promote a culture of solidarity, fraternity, peace, justice and democracy in the country. The university’s action has been focused within the institution, working with students and staff, as well as in the Mozambican society, working with other local, regional and international partners at different levels.
UCM’s HIV / AIDS policy has been designed to cover four main areas namely:
• Rights and responsibilities of staff and students affected and infected by HIV / AIDS.
• Provision of prevention, care and support services to students and stuff within the university campuses.
• The Inclusion of HIV / AIDS contents into teaching, research and services delivery in all the university’s faculties, centers and courses.
• Policy implementation: structures, procedures, monitoring and policy review.
In accordance with the principles, norms and values that shape UCM’s policies, this institution insists on the conscientization of the academic community, involving it in the responsibility of creating a supportive environment for workers and students living with HIV / AIDS, as well as society in general to help it live happily and together.
Therefore, students’ councils have been created in all UCM’s faculties to attend to this challenge. These councils are composed of volunteer activists who collaborate with the communities to mitigate the impact and spread of HIV / AIDS. Currently, the following HIV/AIDS groups are operating in different faculties:
• CHALUMO – Faculty of Tourism and Computer Sciences Management, in Pemba;
• MUKHALELO – Faculty of Agriculture, in Cuamba;
• OTHKULA MAITHO – Faculty of Law, in Nampula;
• PABDHOZI – Faculty of Health Sciences, in Beira;
• SADHIKIRA – Center for Distance Learning, in Beira;
• TIKABHATANA TINO KUNDA – Faculty of Engineering, in Chimoio;
• TIRI TESSE – Faculty of Economics and Management, in Beira;
• TIRI TONSE – Faculty of Mineral Resources and Mineralogy Management, in Tete;
• VAMODHA – Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, in Quelimane;
• VAMOSA – Faculty of Education and Communication, in Nampula.
• UMPEPE – Lichinga Extension.

Anyone who is HIV / AIDS positive will not be discriminated against in any aspect of their life at UCM because the institution recognizes the right to dignity, respect and privacy in relation to their state of health. As part of the implementation of the HIV / AIDS policy, UCM offers voluntary counseling and testing services.