Document Type: Brief report


1 Centro de estudos avançados em formação e educação médica (CEDUMED), Uuniversidade Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola; Neurosurgery division, Hospital das clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP, São Paulo, Brazil; Neurosurgery division, Clinica Girassol, Luanda, Angola

2 Centro de estudos avançados em formação e educação médica (CEDUMED), Uuniversidade Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola


Introduction: Angola has about 28 million inhabitants and
approximately 0.21 physicians/1,000 population. There is only
one specialist in some medical fields in the whole country while
there is not even one specialist in some other fields. The objective
of this study is to investigate the significance of the Cooperation
Program for Foreign Doctors (Brazil) and its impact on the
provision of specialized medical care in Angola, showing the
evolution of the different specialties as well as the emergence of
some specialties in Angola.
Methods: A retrospective study was performed, identifying the
Angolan doctors trained in Brazil by the Cooperation Program
for Foreign Doctors. The number and specialty of the trained
physicians were obtained from the database of the program, and
the number of doctors in each specialty in Angola was obtained
by consulting the registry of doctors of the various specialist
colleges in Angola.
Results: From February 2011 to March 2019, 111 physicians were
trained in 32 specialties; there was a greater increase of 50% or
more in 6 specialties, with emphasis on geriatrics, haematology,
nuclear medicine, surgical oncology and sleep medicine that had
no specialists.
Conclusion: The lack of specialist doctors is a very common
problem in low-income countries; on the other hand, highincome
countries are already beginning to limit training in some
specialties due to lack of labour market. The Angolan cooperation
model could be adopted by several countries to promote a
qualitative overall growth in health care.