Angola’s Health Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian energy giant Eni, launching an education program for health workers in the African country.

A shipment of Covid vaccines donated to Angola by Italy
A shipment of Covid vaccines donated to Angola by Italy

The Italian group will strengthen the cardiovascular ward of the Dom Alexandre do Nascimento Hospital Complex, increasing its cardiovascular surgery capacity through a training program including on-the-job training in Angola, telemedicine, and 2nd opinion sessions.

The Italian company will also provide technical support for hospital management, focusing on hospital administration, human resource management, and medical engineering.

The memorandum of understanding will allow the training of 100 cardiac surgeons, for the benefit of an estimated 250 cardiac surgery patients per year.

angola surgeons

The project was first launched in 2019 when Eni and the Angolan government launched an initiative aimed to provide capacity building and training to Angolan doctors through a twinning program with Italian reference health institutions.

Last year, the project kicked off in Divina Providencia hospital in Luanda with training sessions for sixteen doctors.

State-of-the-art training is provided by Italian health institutes Monzino Hospital, Istituto Don Calabria, and Istituto Gaslini. Areas of intervention include Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Neurology, Mother and Child Health, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Nutrition, and referral systems.

Angola is one of the African countries in which Eni is investing the most.

angolan doctors at work

In Angola, Eni is developing the “East Hub” and “West Hub” Upstream projects and numerous initiatives on access to water resources and health promotion in local communities.

Local development programs promoted by Eni include the South West integrated project in Huila and Namibe area, to support local communities affected by drought; programs for the access to energy, with health centers electrification using solar panels installation; an agricultural development program in the Cabinda area in partnership with local institutions; ongoing support of the Halo Trust initiative for the land demining in the Benguela province; and several health initiatives in the Luanda, Cabinda and Zaire areas with healthcare staff training programs as well as medical equipment supplies.