The Republic of Cabo Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands and 8 islets located in the mid-Atlantic, around 450 kilometres off the coast of Senegal. Cabo Verde has relatively developed healthcare capacities. However, the country lacks specialist physicians, proper intrastucture and technical equipment. In addition, the long distances between the islands and isolation impede the accessibility of health services.
An established and operational national telemedicine and e-health network improves the accessibility and quality of health services, provides regular training for health personnel and reduces healthcare costs. By enabling teleconsulting, it reduces the number of patient evacuations to one of the two tertiary health-care institutions on the archipelago or even abroad (Portugal).
What we do
In cooperation with the National Telemedicine Center of Capo Verde (NTCCV) and the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH), 10 telemedicine centers were built and installed on nine islands between 2012 and 2014. Also, training was provided for more than 50 % of the entire Cabo Verdean healthcare work force. By 2016, 11 telemedicine centers were built, linking all nine inhabited islands of Cabo Verde.
In 2018, two additional operational telemedicine centers were established on the island of Santiago (Municipality of Santa Cruz) and on the island of São Nicolau (Municipality of Tarrafal de São Nicolau).