Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Counselling services from a qualified Angolan practitioner in London

May 30, 2011

Claudio Mendes is a qualified Angolan counsellor based in London. Some of the areas that Claudio deals with include addiction, bereavement & loss, anger and anxiety, relationship and sex difficulties and sexuality issues. Claudio is bilingual and offers counselling sessions in English and Portuguese.

Luanda : Angola Field Group Presentation on polio

March 18, 2011

On Thursday, March 24th, the Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation on polio given by Africare’s Country Director, Christian Isely, and Africare’s Program Director, Dr. Peter Wirsiy. Full details are on the Angola Field Group page.

March 18, 2011


A new door-to-door strategy to eliminate polio in Angola

LUANDA, Angola, 16 March 2011 – Under the sweltering day’s heat in the capital city of Luanda, a novel approach to raising polio vaccination awareness is taking place.


Angola’s challenge to eradicate polio

March 9, 2011

After seemingly eradicating the virus in 2002, Angola is once again battling an outbreak of polio. Check these evocative pictures from the Guardian

Leprosy still a public health concern in Angola

January 30, 2011
January 30, 2011. Luanda – Leprosy remains a major public health concern to  Angolan authorities as the country is among the countries which continue recording over a thousand cases, despite having reached the elimination goal  recommended by the World Health Organisation (less than 1 case /10.000 citizens).

According to a note from the National Department of Public Health, through its National Programme of Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, made available to Angop, January 30 is celebrated as the World Leprosy Day as instituted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The date is being celebrated in the country under the motto “Promoting Human Rights”. The document states that leprosy is a curable disease that affects thousands of people who are stigmatised and discriminated all over the world.

According to the WHO source, at least 13 provinces of the country reached the world organisation’s leprosy elimination goal. They are Bengo, Benguela, Cabinda, Huíla, Cunene, Kwanza Norte, Luanda.

The provinces of Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uíge, Lunda  Norte and Zaire are also part of the regions of the country that reached the elimination goal. Bíe, Huambo, Kuando Kubango, Kwanza Sul and Lunda Sul are in the group that failed to reach the elimination goal.

 Statistics say that more than 250,000 cases of leprosy were detected last year in 118 countries. Angola recorded 1,048 cases until December 2010.


Polio in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

October 2, 2010

8 September 2010 — Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are experiencing outbreaks of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1).

In Angola, the outbreak which began in April 2007, has this year spread to re-infect previously polio-free areas in Angola (the provinces of Bie, Bengo, Huambo, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Uige), as well as to neighbouring DR Congo, re-infecting Kasai Occidental province which borders Angola. This outbreak is classified as ‘re-established’ transmission, as it has persisted for a period greater than 12 months. More…….

Polio in Angola – high risk of international spread

July 19, 2010

Source – WHO


As of 19 July the Ministry of Health of Angola has reported 15 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) since the beginning of 2010, signalling an expansion of an ongoing outbreak. All of these cases have been detected since February in the capital Luanda or in provinces which were previously polio-free (Bie, Bengo, Huambo, Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul). One genetically-related case was detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (in Kasai Occidentale province, which borders Angola), with onset of paralysis on 25 May.

The country has had a persistent outbreak of poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) since 2007, where 8 cases were reported that year, and 29 cases each in 2008 and 2009.

Given the persistent and widespread transmission of wild poliovirus, ongoing sub-national surveillance gaps and recent further spread of WPV1 internationally, WHO considers as high the risk of further international spread into neighbouring countries. As per recommendations outlined in WHO’s International Travel and Health recommendations, travellers to and from Angola should be fully protected by vaccination.


Angolan Minister of Health Dr José Vieira Dias Van-Dúnem re-affirmed Angola’s strong commitment to stop polio transmission by end-2010.

In 2010, Angola has conducted a sub-national supplementary immunization round using monovalent OPV type 1 (mOPV1) targeting high risk provinces from 7-9 May, a national immunization round from 11-13 June using a combination of trivalent OPV (tOPV) and mOPV1, and mop-up immunization campaigns with mOPV1 in response to WPV1 cases (on 23-25 April in Bie, and on 4-6 June and 18-20 June in Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul). Further national immunization rounds are planned for early August and September. The Democratic Republic of the Congo conducted mop-ups on 4 June and 18 June with mOPV1, and further outbreak response is currently being planned.


In 2009 and 2010, immunization coverage has been sub-optimal, with as much as 25% of children regularly missed during supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) Urgent action is needed to ensure that all children in Angola are reached with oral poliovirus vaccine during the SIAs taking place in August and September, through strengthened engagement and ownership of SIA operations by provincial- and district-level political and administrative leadership.

It is important that countries across central Africa, in particular those bordering Angola, strengthen disease surveillance for AFP, in order to rapidly detect any poliovirus importations and facilitate a rapid response. Countries should also continue to boost routine immunization coverage against polio to minimize the consequences of any introduction.

For more information

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Safety fears for a Chinese built hospital in Angola

July 8, 2010

Louise Redvers of the BBC reports on the closure of the Luanda General Hospital.

Helping Angolan children with cancer

July 5, 2010

The Snowball project which aims to help children suffering from cancer may be of interest to readers. Full details are in the attached notes in English and Portuguese

Projecto Bola de Neve


Luanda hospital forced to close

July 3, 2010

The Chinese built  Hospital Geral de Luanda is to close this weekend as parts of the building are at risk of collapse. The hospital has been beset by problems since it opened four years ago. Read the full story in Portuguese here.

UNICEF diz que saúde infantil melhorou em Angola

June 20, 2010
Um estudo das Nações Unidas e do Governo angolano revelou que se registaram melhorias significativas na saúde e educação das crianças em Angola.

O Fundo das Nações Unidas para a Infância, UNICEF, que ajudou a compilar o estudo, diz que, desde 2001 se verificou um progresso notável e que as crianças angolanas eram agora melhor alimentadas e iam mais à escola, embora cerca de um quarto não estivessem ainda matriculadas em qualquer estabelecimento de ensino.

A UNICEF disse que a mortalidade infantil tinha baixado um quinto e o número de crianças de baixo peso foi reduzido para metade mas apenas cerca de 40 por cento das pessoas tinham acesso a água potável, em comparação com 60 por cento em 2001.

Angola: Over three million cases of malaria recorded in 2009

May 3, 2010

 Luanda – The co-ordinator of the Programme of Combat to Malaria, Filomeno Fortes, said this Monday in Luanda that the country registered 3.1 million cases of malaria during the year 2009, which resulted in 8,000 deaths.

The official was speaking about the situation of malaria in Angola and the national strategic plan in a forum about the role of journalists in the fight against malaria.

He said that the transmission of the disease in not uniform, having added that the central Benguela province was the most endemic of the country’s 18 provinces with 28 percent of the cases of 2009.

According to the physician, Angola has two of the most violent species of mosquito of the world, the giant anopheles mosquito and the anopheles spontaneous mosquito, which can adapt to various circumstances living inside and outside residences and can also feed from animal blood.

Angola wants to control and reduce the disease until 2015 and eradicate the disease until the year 2030.

To reach this goal, the Ministry of Health aims at reducing the cases of malaria by 60 percent, by the year 2012, and cover 80 percent of children below the age of five and pregnant women with malaria. The treatment of pregnant women through quick tests, the use of mosquito nets and an integrated control are the objectives of the Health Ministry.

In 2008, the country registered 3.45 million cases of malaria

Angola – Ramping up Malaria Prevention

May 3, 2010

Louise Redvers reports from Luanda. 

Crouched on an upturned plastic box, Eva Angelino bounces 11-month old Odelina on her knee, trying to stop her crying. Mother and daughter are waiting in line outside a public health centre not far from the city centre of Angola’s capital Luanda.

“You have to be very patient here,” sighed 24-year-old Eva. “I was here yesterday from 8 am to after 2 pm waiting to get a malaria test for us both and then they told us we would have to come back again today. More………….

The fight to dethrone King Cholera

January 23, 2010

In 1858, Punch magazine published a cartoon showing the figure of Death rowing along the River Thames in London, claiming the lives of cholera victims. King Cholera no longer has a court in the English capital. But here in Luanda, an overnight thunderstorm heralded his coming as the streets were turned into a muddy quagmire. More………….

Volunteer opportunities in Lubango

October 24, 2009

The Evangelical Medical Centre of Lubango welcomes volunteer medical professionals

Passengers arriving at Cabinda airport will be screened for swine flu

October 24, 2009

Visitors arriving at Cabinda airport will be screened for swine flu using new British supplied equipment. Those presenting symptons will be examined and quarantined at Chiweca health centre  if necessary.

Inaugurado equipamento para detectar gripe no aeroporto de Cabinda

October 24, 2009

O Aeroporto de Cabinda conta desde hoje com um aparelho para detectar pessoas suspeitas de gripe A (H1N1).  Leia mais………….