The Republic of Cabo Verde, while with relatively developed healthcare capacities, lacks specialist physicians and 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
Between 2012 and 2014 and in 2016, 11 telemedicine centers were built, linking all nine inhabited islands of Cabo Verde. ITF plans further engagement in Cabo Verde in the period 2017/2018, first supporting a fact-finding mission conducted by ITF, to review and assess the established Telemedicine Program and identify further needs within the development and enhancement of the healthcare system in the Cabo Verde.