Instituto Nacional
de Saúde de Moçambique

Facilitating Best Practices in Science, Disease Monitoring, and Outbreak Response

With aspirations of building a national public health institute from the ground up in the region we collaborated with the Mozambique National Institute of Health (NIH), the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), Fiocruz, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners to determine the built environment and facility design requirements necessary to achieve their long term strategic goals. These included leading key public health functions in the area, including laboratory science, disease monitoring, and outbreak response and providing space for the following functions: Bacteriology & Parasitology, Virology & Cell Biology, Animal Care, Insectary and Medical Entomology & Immunoassay Laboratories, Teaching Laboratory and Accessioning Laboratories.

We designed the laboratory space with adjacent support spaces including glass wash, media prep, bulk storage, offices, reference library, training rooms, cafeteria, and shower and laundry facilities. In an effort to strike a balance between visibility and accessibility, security and community engagement, the various programs have been organized into a laboratory “bar” and an office “bar” joined centrally by a communicating stair and a bridge, along with an open-air break out space.

The final design is one that will strengthen the NIH’s strategic goal of assuring the conditions of facilities, maintenance of equipment, and other demands for infrastructure perform in support of the mission and functions of the Institute.