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Gulbenkian Administrator in Cape Verde to Sign Cancer Control

The administrator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will be in Cape Verde on Tuesday, where he will sign a cooperation agreement with the government in support of cancer control, which will have an impact on the prognosis of this disease.

Foundation source said that this is a strengthening visit of development cooperation actions in the area of health and education.

To this end, the administrator of Fundação Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins will be in the city of Praia, where he will sign a cooperation protocol in support of cancer control with the Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde, Arlindo Nascimento do Rosário.

Supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation, the project “Improving the diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases in Cape Verde” will run until 2020, in conjunction with the country’s “National Strategic Plan for Cancer Control, 2018-2022”.

The objective of the project is “to contribute to the improvement of health care in the area of oncology, with the expected impact on the prognosis of cancer diseases.”

The Foundation recalls that the pilot project “Population-Based Screening for Cervical Cancer in Cape Verde”, which ran from 2016 to 2017, allowed “to evaluate close to 2,600 women and prevent the development of cancer in 174 of them.”

The next intervention will focus on the care provided in the central hospitals of Cape Verde – Dr Agostinho Neto Hospital (Praia) and Dr Baptista de Sousa Hospital (Mindelo) – and will focus on specialized training in Portugal (21 stages) and locally (34 professionals) as well as in the strengthening of specialized clinical equipment in both hospitals.

Also on Tuesday, the book “Higher Education in Cape Verde: the contribution of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation”, by Adriana Carvalho, will be presented at the University of Cape Verde, a construction supported by the organization.

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