CANCELLED: Research seminar in Cultural Anthropology with Paulo Mahumane, Uppsala University

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: The seminar is cancelled
  • Lecturer: Paulo Mahumane, Uppsala University
  • Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Contact person: Mats Utas
  • Seminarium

Governance and provision of health services in the mining context of the municipality of moatize.

The idea that mining projects bring positive changes and boost social development in the context in which they are implemented is rejected by empirical data from the municipality of Moatize, in central Mozambique. 

These refer more to an analysis of the social dynamics produced by mining, ranging from the transformation of the traditional indigenous territory that served as a means to provide different medicines, into an environment in which coal is extracted, which in turn has a dark side for the environment health of citizens, especially peasants. The municipality of Moatize underwent a major territorial transformation when the mining company Vale, a Brazilian multinational, resettled in 2009 two population groups, one considered to have urban characteristics and the other to have rural characteristics. The one belonging to the urban space was resettled in the 25 de Setembro neighborhood, which is locally called the resettlement neighborhood and the one considered rural was resettled in Cateme, 30 km from Moatize. A characteristic of the “resettlement” neighborhood is that it shows how extractivism is a source of social inequalities in the municipality of Moatize, since the same neighborhood, in addition to housing the resettled forced by the extraction process, has different infrastructures inside such as a health center built by Vale, private health clinics, an “enclave” where mostly Vale workers reside, and other high-income populations that benefit directly from extractivism. The 25 de Setembro resettlement neighborhood in Moatize demonstrates how health services can be unequally accessed and provisioned and how mining has this ability to influence health determinants, as well as the distribution of favorable and unfavorable conditions for health. Perceptions about the access and provision of health services in the municipality of Moatize are diverse and, in addition to the context of extractivism, they are also based on the role of different providers from the State, NGOs and traditional medicine services.