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Pilot-project brings 10 mobile health units to Algarve

Portugal’s national health service (SNS) has announced a pilot-project that will bring 10 mobile health units to rural areas of the Algarve where access to health services is limited.

The “door-to-door health units” will be up and running by the end of 2018 in Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Loulé, Monchique, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves and Tavira.

The project is being brought to life by regional health authority ARS Algarve and the Algarve’s municipalities association AMAL.

It will be supported by community funding, which will help each local council purchase the mobile health unit.

This won’t be the first time that these “door-to-door health units” will be used in the Algarve.

Alcoutim and Castro Marim have already provided accessible healthcare to residents living in isolated hamlets by using these mobile units.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com