Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
The health infrastructure of the Health System in Cape Verde corresponds, in general, to the needs of local populations and includes two central hospitals and 3 regional hospitals. By the end of 2011, another two units will be completed and similar facilities are being planned in Mosteiros (Fire) and May (completed in 2011). The health sector has about 300 doctors and 420 nurses, which corresponds to one doctor for 2,203 inhabitants and one nurse per 1,033 inhabitants. All the islands have at least two physicians (data 2006). The major endemic diseases are common in a country of dry tropical climate: acute respiratory infections, the highest incidence from February to May due to the winds that blow during this period, diarrhea, mainly derived from the consumption of unwashed food or water; common child pathologies include tuberculosis, malaria, once considered eradicated, comes in less than a hundred cases a year, imported by a strong migration coming from the West African countries, but the proactive approach of the General Director of Health, tracking the disease to the arrival of flights from the African continent, has allowed the rapid identification of individuals with the disease, thus preventing their spread.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
The World a Smile - Portuguese Dentists in Solidarity Association (MAS) was established in July 2005 with the aim of bringing together the largest possible number of dentists who voluntarily adhere to a social projects in the area of Oral Health. Its main objective is to promote health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities. In 2006 it was awarded the status of an NGO (Non Governmental Organization for Development). Since 2005, MAS has provided assistance at the St. Francesco Hospital on the island of Fogo in Cape Verde, with the ultimate aim of reducing the dental needs of this population so in need.
Testimony of a volunteer from September 2010: "Much could be written about my visit to Cape Verde. Although a strong professional content is undeniable, the emotional experience that accompanied my daily work is what made this trip a milestone in my career professionally and personally. The call to people of the island and its most pressing needs greatly appreciated the scope of this trip to Africa, and stressed the urgency in solving some problems that remain, despite our efforts, lingering after our return home. It is therefore important to reflect on what value has been generated through our action, while not forgetting what remains to be done. "