We encourage and promote research projects in the PALOP countries that contribute to improving health care delivery and strengthen scientific institutions in these countries.

What we do

Within the framework of the collaboration between the ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, we are promoting:

  • Call We'Search: Support for clinical research projects in the PALOP countries.

    The goal is to promote and encourage the scientific community in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and S. Tomé and Príncipe to carry out research projects that contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and strengthen the capacity of scientific institutions in their countries.


  • 3 editions of a Course in Science Management organised by the Gulbenkian Foundation and the ”la Caixa” Foundation with the support of the Centro de Investigação em Saúde da Manhiça-Moçambique and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) (2018-2021).

  • Call to support health research projects aimed at the participants of the three editions of the Science Management Course (2021).


Within the framework of this collaboration:

  • 46 researchers and/or managers of public or private research institutions in the area of health in Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) were trained.

  • Three projects have been selected focusing on the areas of microbiome, cancer and COVID-19, led by researchers from Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique, with a duration of 2 to 3 years.

Projects selected

Consult the list of projects selected as part of the programme to support health research institutions in Africa.

Helminth infections and respiratory allergic diseases. Does a neglected tropical disease influence a non-communicable disease?

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Project developed by: National Institute of Health Research, through the Angolan Health Research Centre, with the collaboration of the Luanda Military Hospital and the Lisbon Higher School of Health Technologies.

Description: The project aims to understand the link between respiratory allergic diseases and the presence of helminths (intestinal parasites), as well as the role played by the intestinal microbiome in controlling asthma and helminths.

Epidemiology and characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infection among children and their households in Mozambique

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Project developed by: Mozambique's National Institute of Health will implement the project.

Description: The project consists of a study of SARS-Cov-2 in children from three primary schools in neighbourhoods of Maputo. The researchers will analyse mortality and morbidity rates in these age groups, in addition to conducting an epidemiological study and a seroprevalence survey.

Clinical-pathological characterisation of cancer in PALOP countries

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Project developed by: The University of Cape Verde in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the Eduardo Mondlane University.

Description: This project aims to understand the incidence of prostate cancer in Cape Verde and Mozambique. The project also includes the creation of a digital laboratory "INCUBATOR", a platform for publishing data and information to support the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

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