Health for All

Consolidation of Specialised Health Care Delivery in Sao Tome and Principe

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 in the provision of specialised health care in Sao Tome and Principe.

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, but aware of the structural weaknesses that persist in the health sector in this archipelago.



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

Specific: promote the availability, quality and increasing autonomy of specialised health care provision in Sao Tome and Principe.



  • 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;
  • 3 doctors, 2 laboratory technicians and 1 equipment maintenance technician to benefit from long and medium term training in Portugal;
  • Sao Tome and Principe Ministry of Health.



  • National population with increased access to specialised quality healthcare in loco and at a distance through the telemedicine platform.
    • Consolidation of the Telemedicine network (Portugal – Sao Tome and Principe);
    • Continuity of short-term specialist medical missions to Sao Tome and Principe;
    • Purchase of materials, equipment and consumables for the provision of specialised care;
    • Rehabilitation and improvement of the infrastructure of various services at the Ayres de Menezes National Hospital (HAM);
    • Carrying out support missions in technical hospital areas.
  • National health professionals trained for greater autonomy of the SNS in the provision of specialised care.
    • In-service and distance training of national health professionals;
    • Provision of long-term specialised clinical training courses interspersed between Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe;
    • Conduct medium-term training courses in technical areas interspersed between Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe.