Health for All

Consolidation of Sao Tome and Principe National Health System

Sao Tome and Principe

The Health for All – Consolidation Programme is a further step in the process of deepening the progress already achieved and of promoting growing autonomy and sustainability of the sector.

This proposal is the result of strategic reflection work carried out in close partnership between the Sao Tome and Principe Ministry of Health, Portuguese Cooperation, the Association Marquês de Valle Flôr (AMVF) and the IMVF. Thus, this new phase of the Programme will seek to focus, in a logic of continuity, on strengthening and deepening the assistance, capacity building and training in the specialties provided in the previous phase of the Programme.

This intervention is intended to be simultaneously directed towards the future, aligned with the trends of growing digitalisation of the sector in various specialties and adapted to the evolution of the epidemiological profile in the San Tomean context; and at the same time avoiding setbacks in primordial areas, such as the unavoidable existence of a robust, effective and responsive preventive and primary care network and quality health infrastructures endowed with the necessary equipment and means for their proper functioning, as well as ensuring the response to the increased prevalence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), given the evolution of the epidemiological profile in the country.



Overall: contribute to universal access to quality health care for the population of Sao Tome and Principe.

Specific 1 : Promote the availability, quality and increasing autonomy of preventive, primary and specialised health care in Sao Tome and Principe.

Specific 2 :Strengthen the response capacity of the Sao Tomean National Health Service to combat new epidemiological challenges, with focus on Non-Communicable Diseases.



  • The entire San Tomean population, around 215,056 inhabitants as users of the National Health Service;
  • 855 health professionals integrated in the National Health System;
  • 5 doctors, 2 laboratory technicians and 2 equipment maintenance technicians to benefit from long and medium term training in Portugal;
  • Sao Tome and Principe Ministry of Health.



  • Strengthening of Health Development Policies to promote management efficiency and financial sustainability of the health sector
  • Improvement of the technical and material conditions of the preventive and primary healthcare network at district level
  • National population with increased access to quality specialised healthcare in loco and at a distance through the telemedicine platform
  • Empowerment of national Health Professionals for greater autonomy of the SNS in the provision of specialised care
  • Strengthening of the response capacity of the Sao Tome and Principe National Health System for the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)