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Cabo Verde


Mr Martin Silič
Project Manager
T: +386 1 4796 586

Problem Statement

The Republic of Cabo Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands and 8 islets located in the mid-Atlantic, some 450 kilometers off the coast of Senegal. Cabo Verde has relatively well-developed healthcare capacities; hospitals, health centres and pharmacies are found on all nine inhabited islands, and available when needed. However, the country lacks specialist physicians, proper infrastructure and technical equipment, especially on outlying islands and in rural areas; therefore, patients often need to travel and seek treatment in the main hospitals or even go abroad. On the other hand, Cabo Verde also has a relatively well-developed telecommunications network.

Cabo Verde has no medical faculty, so all doctors are trained abroad. The above mentioned factors and the harsh environment, such as long distances between islands and extreme isolation, significantly impede the provision of high-quality care and make the accessibility of health care services at community level very difficult, if not almost impossible. 

At 2014 summer’s U.S–Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama pledged that “The United States will launch a new effort to bolster the West Africa region’s early warning and response network and increase their ability to share information about emerging crises.” This concept note is part of the broader Early Warning and Response Partnership (EWARP) fulfilling that pledge.

Describing the political outlook of the region as fragile with Member States grappling with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a demanding election cycle in 2015, the Commissioner said the Commission has consequently channelled more efforts to the strengthening of its peace and security architecture through a shift in focus from intervention to prevention, and enhancing instruments for anticipating and managing conflicts in a predictable, structured and effective manner.

After 10 years of providing early warning on potential crises, conflicts and human rights violations in the region, the ECOWAS Early Warning System intends to more efficiently anticipate and rapidly respond to regional threats in furtherance to ECOWAS Vision 2020, of an ECOWAS of People.

What we do

A combination of the country’s specific features and major health care needs make Cabo Verde an ideal place for the implementation of Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Program that would contribute to the development of health care and improve the quality and access to medical services for the country’s 500,000 people. The multiphase Program falls within the Development Cooperation Program agreed between the Republic of Cabo Verde and the Republic of Slovenia that is being implemented since June 2012 through ITF by International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation and in close cooperation with local authorities.

With its holistic approach, the multiphase Program focused on establishing a telemedicine network in Cabo Verde by providing necessary equipment to 10 selected hospitals countrywide (thus covering all 9 inhabited islands), training the workforce that will operate and maintain the network and ensuring its integration into country`s healthcare system and sustainability. 

The 2-year project objective is to enhance capacities of ECOWAS Early Warning and Response Directorate (EWD) by implementing the following activities:

  • EWD additional  staffing – 1 GIS and mapping officer to enhance EWD GIS analysis capacities; 2 analysts to cater the three official languages of ECOWAS (English, French and Portuguese); 1 Portuguese-speaking analyst to complement the existing francophone and Anglophone Analysts; 2 situation room assistants to better cover the data collection work and manage the network of the 77 field monitors work. In addition, ECOWAS Liaison Officers from Member States (15) would be employed.
  • EWD staff training and capacity building in the field of financial controls and oversight.
  • Monitoring and evaluation (regional and national) – development of a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of the national, national-regional and regional mechanisms. 
  • Staffing at Member States (15) National Early Warning and Response Centers (when established) – potentially in year 2.

The proposed activities would contribute to stabilization of the delicate political, security and socio-economic landscape of ECOWAS region.