About Angola

About Angola

Rebuilding Hope and Health

In 2002, after 27 years of a devastating civil war, the Angolan army and rebel forces signed a ceasefire agreement. Rich with precious gems and oil, Angola has the potential of a rich economy. Yet, today, most people live on less than $2 a day. The capital city, Luanda, is Angola’s fastest growing city and ranked as the most expensive in the world. On the Atlantic Ocean, condo towers, luxury apartments, and business headquarters jostle for prominence. The wealth generated from oil exports is slowly enabling the government to be involved in rebuilding the social and foundational infrastructure. The country is rugged and owns a tremendous wealth of natural resources and astounding natural sights including The Tundavala Fault in Huila, the Maiombe Forest in Cabinda and the Nzenzo Grottoes in Uige.
CEML is located in the southern province of Huila and serves over 2.5 million people, many of whom have no access to medical care. While there are over 50 different tribal groups in Angola, the people have been influenced by the Portuguese who ruled the country for more than 500 years. In pre-colonial times, Angolans of various groups followed broadly similar religious traditions that revolved around venerating ancestors and worshipping territorially oriented deities under a creator high god. That religious system continues in some form in many places today. The Portuguese introduced Christianity into the Kongo kingdom in the 15th century and continued to spread Christianity in the regions inland of Luanda after the official formation of the Angolan colony in 1575. In the late 19th century, Protestant missionaries entered Angola and through the building of foundational schools and hospitals, facilitated the growth of the Protestant population to its 30% prominence to this day.

Barriers to Healthcare in Angola


Lack of essential life-needs:

Lack of clean water, proper nutritional elements and education foundationally contribute to the overall poor healthcare status of the population.

Lack of essential life-need elements has lead to the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world; death statistics of 6:1000 and 1:5 respectively


High cost of healthcare:

Individuals currently carry the highest burden of healthcare costs.

Majority of Angola’s workforce work in the informal economy and therefore do not have health insurance.

Advanced, referral hospitals are located in Luanda, the capital, or in the neighboring country of Namibia, both of which is a huge distance from most of the rural areas in Angola.


Poor access to health care resources:

Depleted healthcare service infrastructure and huge distances from primary healthcare facilities.

More than half of Angola’s population lives below the poverty line (US$2/day).

Government spending on healthcare as % of total GDP was 3.5 % in 2013 (World Bank).

The health sector relies mainly on funding from the public sector, but challenges existing in the distribution of funding to the lowest levels of society.


Lack of trained physicians / surgeons per capita:

Angola faces a significant shortage of physicians, with only 2,000 in the entire country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Whereas the United States counts on 26 physicians per 10,000 people, Angola has just two doctors per 10,000 residents, a ratio that is below average for the Africa region.

Few hospitals have the necessary physical and human resources available to offer high-quality medical services.

Angola has one of the highest net emigration rates for doctors, in the world; 70% of Angolan doctors have left Angola for other countries.

How is CEML Responding?

Clínica CEML’s mission is to show God’s love to Angolans by offering quality medical assistance in a holistic manner. 

CEML continuously strives to provide excellent healthcare to the most vulnerable patients. In only its seventh year of operation, Clínica CEML Hospital has embraced a financial sustainability model with a focus on providing the highest quality care and education of Angolan medical professionals.

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