Hospitals without medical staff

Thanks to its oil, Angola is one of the richest African countries and yet it has one of the highest rates of child mortality across the globe – around 1 in 6 children do not reach their fifth birthday.

Doctors are scarce

Angola has a mere 1,200 doctors to serve a population of 19 million. And for every 10,000 people, there are fewer than 14 nurses or midwives.

Since the end of the civil war, the country has been rebuilding its healthcare system. 24 new hospitals have been constructed. But despite all the desperately ill children and adults in Angola who need medical treatment, beds remain empty.

One reason is that Angola doesn’t have enough doctors and nurses to staff the hospitals. Many health professionals left during the long civil war. The country now desperately needs people to train in medicine and then stay to work in Angola.

Hospital in Namibe

One young woman who’s determined to do that is Ana. A former SOS Child, Ana grew up in the Village at Lubango.

Now in her twenties, Ana is training to be a nurse. She has studied nursing at a newly-opened private university in Lubango and is looking forward to qualifying.

Ana feels lucky to have had the opportunity to study nursing and for all the support which her SOS family, friends and sponsors have given her. Now she wants to dedicate her life to helping others.