This Spanish organisation, which RIU Hotels has been supporting since 2015, is made up of 72 volunteer doctors from all over Spain and who travel to the island of Sal ten times a year to offer medical treatment to the Cape Verdean residents.
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The main aim of África Avanza, over the five years it has been present in Cape Verde, has been to make an effective contribution to improving the health and well-being of the Cape Verdean residents, relieving waiting lists for operations and thereby reducing the negative impact of transferring patients to hospitals on other islands or even to Europe, and also resulting in savings for the patients and their families.
In addition, the MSCV Programme, Charitable Doctors in Cape Verde, has facilitated the dissemination of practical knowledge and medical and surgical techniques to the country’s health professionals, resulting in savings for Cape Verde’s health system and the INPS. With África Avanza’s collaboration, waiting and transfer lists have been cut, and savings have been made in human resources, materials and training.
Since the first mission, there have been no less than 114 visits by volunteer doctors and healthcare professionals with 12 medical specialisations, who collaborated with hope, good humour and, above all, dedication. They have carried out 26 missions and 739 surgical procedures, and in some cases it was the first time that procedure was carried out in this country. Almost 900 consultations, specific treatments and training activities have also taken place. In addition, important medical equipment has been provided and more than 3,000 kilos of healthcare materials and consumables have been donated.
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