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Restoring Angola’s Health Care System

More than thirty years of civil war devastated many things in Angola, including its health care system. Rebuilding is challenging. For over 3 decades, most Angolans did not have access to education, resulting in a high rate of illiteracy and low number of skilled professionals. Today, there are not enough trained and qualified workers to rehabilitate the country’s health system and treat its people. As a result, 1 out of every 6 children do not reach the age of 5, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Angola’s child and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world.

SHARE is committed to improving health care services and transforming health care systems in Angola. For years, we have distributed important medical equipment, medicine, wheelchairs and much needed prosthetics in the country. While these valuable initiatives will continue, we have plans to foster far-reaching, systemic changes as well. SHARE will partner with Angola Central Highlands University to establish programs and opportunities that will increase the number and quality of health care professionals and practitioners in the country. In this way, Angolans themselves will change the state of health services in their homeland and improve the quality of life for generations to come.