Ivan Nicolai Alfredo  Manhiça

Ivan Nicolai Alfredo Manhiça

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mozambique

Ivan Manhiça is a public health physician currently serving as the Permanent Secretary for Mozambique’s Ministry of Health (MISAU). He has more than ten years of experience in designing, managing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating health programs, as well as developing health policies, guidelines, standards, and legislation, with a focus on tuberculosis control.

Before this position, he served as Director of the National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program of Mozambique, Head of the National Vaccination Program, and as Project Coordinator of TB REACH grants provided by the Stop TB Partnership. He led the development of two strategic and operational plans for the National TB Control Program (2014-2019 and 2021-2030). He headed the National TB Control Program review process in partnership with the World Health Organization (2018).

His work also includes leading the process of introducing and expanding new TB diagnostic technologies (LED and GeneXpert microscopes) and developing and implementing the first National TB Prevalence Survey in Mozambique. This research work has led to more than 15 publications related to HIV and TB.

He also serves as a member of the Training Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Vanderbilt-Mozambique Biomedical Informatics (VM-BMI) Training and Research Program, helping to align VM-BMI activities with Mozambique’s national-level priorities for HIV research and to inform the team about pressing research and capacity-building needs for the country.

He holds an MSc in Clinical Research of Infectious Diseases from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; National Institute of Infectiology (IPEC/INI), and a BA in Human Medicine from the Eduardo Mondlane University Faculty of Medicine, Mozambique.