The south side of the country mainly Bie is one of the poorest regions of Angola. Isolated
rural areas have no medical or social support. The few doctors have no transport. The elderly poor have no income for medicine.
We support Angolan doctors in 6 sprawling rural communities, providing transport and
medical care, plus food and clothing for the very poor.
We address underlying health problems with health promotion and family planning training for
women, nurses and teachers
The project serves an average of 528 beneficiaries a month at a cost of a mere £2 per person.
years ago, there were no family doctors whatever in this area. For two years, we provided a mobile health care service with
volunteer Angolan G.P.’s.
Angolan doctors have now slowly returned but they lack the very basics e.g. transport and
medicines to be able to provide a proper service for their patients.
Our Mobile Health programme provides:
LIFE AND DEATH SOCIAL SUPPORT – We target the very poorest making sure they receive
what they need to help them help themselves. For example: a new home and some animals for a TB sufferer living in a leaky
shack; a bicycle for a man with 10 children so that he can find work. Where appropriate we provide money for food and
FAMILY PLANNING – unless we provide free family planning advice and supplies to these
villages, abortion in the nearest town is the only family planning option open to them.
TRANSPORT FOR OUTLYING VISITS AND VACCINATION PROGRAMMES – not only do we take doctors
miles into the country to do outlying home visits to the very ill, we create the climate and precedent that this is what needs
ESSENTIAL DRUGS SUPPLY FOR EMERGENCIES AND THE VERY POOR – How can doctors help their
patients when they have no drugs and their patients have no money? We provide essential supplies and create a sustainable
solution with the…
…SETTING UP OF SMALL RURAL PHARMACIES – we lobby for the extension of these pharmacies
with the drug companies and transport the pharmacists.
A MOBILE PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE – physio and rehabilitation programmes at home for stroke
victims, spina bifida children and many more.
HEALTH EDUCATION – in schools and dispensaries- prevention being better than cure.
NURSE and DOCTOR TRAINING - rural doctors and nurses are badly paid and very isolated. We
deliver training and exchange visits to the UK to encourage them to develop their own services and working environment.
We have run 10 nurse training programmes in the past couple of years and are also heavily
involved in TB training for GPs.