Gulbenkian Foundation supports cancer care in Cape Verde’s Central Hospitals

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Gulbenkian Foundation supports cancer care in Cape Verde's Central Hospitals
Gulbenkian Foundation supports cancer care in Cape Verde's Central Hospitals

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ministry of Health today signed a new Protocol to boost the Onco-CV project – “Consolidate, Strengthen and Improve the approach to oncological diseases in Cape Verde”.

According to a statement from the Gulbenkian Foundation, the main objective of the project is to establish the Oncology Service at the Hospital Baptista de Sousa, in Mindelo, and strengthen the diagnostic capacity in Pathological Anatomy and Imaging, in addition to improving the conditions for surgical, chemotherapeutic and of palliative care not only in this hospital, but also at the Hospital Central da Praia, Agostinho Neto.

“As part of this project, at the beginning of 2024, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation donated specialized clinical equipment worth approximately 90 thousand euros to both hospitals, namely to the Medical Oncology and Pathological Anatomy Service of Hospital Agostinho Neto and Hospital Baptista de Sousa, and the Palliative Care Service of Hospital Agostinho Neto”, it reads.

The donated equipment includes an isolation chamber for the preparation of cytotoxic agents, hospital stretchers, an articulated bed, an emergency car, a shower and eyewash, a filing system, a double observation microscope, a macroscopic table, among other devices and essential materials for the diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases.

In addition to donations of equipment and consumables, the Onco-CV project plans to facilitate specialized training of healthcare professionals from Cape Verde in Portugal, as well as provide on-the-job training, with technical support from the Portuguese Institutes of Oncology in Lisbon and from Porto.

Onco-CV is the result of a collaboration that began in 2016 between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ministry of Health, with the launch of population-based screening for cervical cancer.

This partnership was consolidated in 2018 with the project “Improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases in Cape Verde”, which included postgraduate studies for 23 health professionals in oncological fields, specialized training internships in Portugal and the training of more than 40 professionals locally, strengthening the country’s capacity to diagnose and treat oncological diseases.

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