Information for Patients
Healthcare in Angola is restricted to the public and private sector. Despite the allure of the country to attract expats to work within the country, the public healthcare system is very underserved like most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The country has struggled to build an effective healthcare system in part due to the 27-year civil war which the country had found itself in gulfed with. Despite the years that pass, the lack of investment in health infrastructure has taken a toll. Private healthcare is on par and modelled after the healthcare service in Portugal but is very expensive, being accessible primarily to wealthier citizens and expats in the capital city of Luanda.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Angolan Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Angolan embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Angolan medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Angola. Fluency in Portuguese is required in order to practice in Angola.
Portuguese is the language of instruction for medical education in Angola.
Information for Travelers
A considerable amount of health tourism from neighboring countries occurs to the Angolan private sector due to the European nature and quality of service provided. The main language of dominance within the country is Portuguese, albeit local residents may speak other local languages in addition to Portuguese. All medical professionals will be fluent in Portuguese with a few fluent in English or Spanish, thanks to the country’s rapport with Cuba.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended. Ebola remains a particular risk in parts of the country. Please refer to your governments travel advisory for more updated information on the country’s status.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.minsa.gov.ao