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ABC Covid Nursing Home Line answered 2920 calls in the 1st year

4 Oct, 21

ABC Covid Nursing Homes Line, launched a year ago, answered 2920 telephone calls from nursing homes, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security.

Most of the calls received were aimed at clarifying doubts related to the covid-19 pandemic, such as rules or procedures, or to request guidance due to the existence of employees or users with symptoms compatible with covid-19, or who had contact with someone infected.

Learn more here.

Autumn Winter Plan - RecUPERa Project

1 Oct, 21

The Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho today launches the Autumn Winter Plan for Elderly Homes, in which RePEnSA - Portuguese Network for Healthy and Active Aging, will participate with the RecUPERa Project - Physical and mental rehabilitation of users and Professionals of Residential Structures for the Elderly, seeking to minimize the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Through specialized and trained human resources, namely physiotherapists (or occupational therapists) and psychologists, the aim is to respond to 76 thousand users and 47 thousand employees of 18 districts of the country.

Algarve Biomedical Center wins EMA International Contest

27 Sep, 21

The Algarve Biomedical Center - ABC, won an International Contest and will develop pre-clinical drug efficacy and safety trials for the European Medicines Agency - EMA.

Dr. Nuno Marques, President of the Algarve Biomedical Center, talks about the collective effort needed to achieve these goals and reinforces the quality and innovation of the teams of researchers, who complement and support each other even though they are in different projects.

Watch the full interview here.

COVID-19 Protective Study

17 Sep, 21

ABC carried out a study on ERPIS (Residential Structures for Elderly People), testing more than five thousand vaccinated people, in the Algarve and Alentejo regions.

It revealed that after four months and after two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, there is an abrupt decrease in

Learn more here.


27 Aug, 21


The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan requires, of course, national responses in the framework of refugee support. Children in particular.

Given the need to mobilize citizens, the civil society, companies and all sectors, created a Fund to support refugee women and children in Portugal, under the shelter programs conducted by the Portuguese State.

This Fund is intended to give response to the increasing needs in terms of health and education and will be administered by the Portuguese Red Cross in conjunction with the “Corações Com Coroa” Association from the perspective of promoting gender equality.

This Appeal will be ongoing until the end of the current year, and will therefore expire on December 31, 2021.

Financial movements under this Fund will be public and with free access, complying with the principles of Ethics and Transparency. All donations can be sent to the Caixa Geral dos Depósitos Account using the IBAN PT50 0035 0001 0004 3000 4309 1

Algarve Safe Heart

13 Aug, 21

A new project was created in the Algarve, called Algarve Coração Seguro, which consists of training citizens on basic life support. 

This project teaches citizens to use automatic external defibrillators, preparing them to help victims in case of cardiorespiratory arrest.

Watch the news report here.

Colorectal Cancer – The important thing is to keep track!

26 Jul, 21

Colorectal cancer (CCR) is one of the most frequent malignancies, both worldwide, where there are about 1.5 million new cases per year, and in Portugal, where there are about 7000 new cases of CCR per year, being the 2nd most frequent type of cancer in both sexes.

In addition, CCR is the leading cause of cancer death in Portugal, the second in Europe and the third worldwide.

Screening for CCR not only offers the possibility of early detection of this neoplasm, but also, and more importantly, the prevention of the occurrence of CCR.

Learn more here.

ABC professionals receive Public Praise and Recognition Vote

22 Jul, 21

The Municipal Council of Education of Loulé, in a meeting held on July 7th at 9:30 am, congratulates and recognizes the professionalism, support and absolutely essential work of all professionals of the “ABC Algarve Biomedical Center” in preventing the impacts of the pandemic by COVID19, for which comes the offer of the public praise and recognition vote to all the professionals of the Academic Center for Research and Biomedical Training of the Algarve “ABC - Algarve Biomedical Center”, in the person of its President, Dr. Nuno Marques.

Learn more here.

Official creation of the Portuguese Healthy and Active Ageing Network – RePEnSA

14 Jul, 21

The Portuguese Network for Healthy and Active Ageing – RePEnSA has already been officially created, comprising the 4 National Reference Centers, Porto4Ageing, Ageing@Coimbra, Lisbon AHA and Algarve Active Ageing.

RePEnSA delivered to the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Dr. Ana Mendes Godinho, a document prepared by the Network with Contributions to the National Plan for Active and Healthy Ageing.
This joint work aims to empower the population for ageing, promote the autonomy of the elderly and improve their quality of life.
Algarve Active Ageing thanks all the regional partners, with whom we will continue to work on the huge challenge of demographic changes in the next decade (2021-2030).


13 Jul, 21

On August 5th, LIFESAVING celebrates its 5th anniversary.

The launch of Edition nº 21 of the Magazine will reveal a strategic change in the Editorial aspect of the Project, namely:
- the individualization of the scientific publication: LIFESAVING SCIENTIFIC, with a new ISSN, as a continuation of the previous SEPARATA SCIENTIFIC (released in the 12th Edition of the Journal, May 2019), and with the intention of becoming indexed in the short term, and may occupy a place of reference in its scope of publication, increasing prestige and attracting more and more articles and critical mass for the Project.

- the optimization of the LIFESAVING publication (with all the usual Dissemination Rubrics, and which do not meet the scientific criteria for indexing); - with the change of the subtitle to "Revista de Emergência Médica" instead of "Revista das VMER de Faro and Albufeira", more in line with the reach that the publication has achieved nationwide in recent years.

This strategy will benefit both publications, as well as the LIFESAVING Project in all aspects. Both journals (scientific and dissemination) may evolve distinctly, each conquering its place, and corresponding to the expectations of the respective target audiences.

 "All the evolution that took place would not be possible without the indispensable support of our Partners, who honor us greatly. On behalf of the entire Editorial Team, I thank all the Algarve Biomedical Center's trust, commitment and dedication to the LIFESAVING Project.", Bruno Santos, Editor-in-Chief of LifeSaving Magazine.

ABC is a "reference" and helped the Algarve in creating vacancies in Medicine

9 Jul, 21

At the ceremony for the signing of the contract-program to increase the number of places in the Medicine course at the University of Algarve, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, highlighted the role that the ABC played in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, from setting up a "Drive-thru", to the testing operations and the projects created and developed, it was the ABC that coordinated the entire testing operations at the national level for homes and that is why there is a set of activities that today show that the teaching of medicine and biomedical activity in the Algarve is not only recommended, but has become a reference at a European level.

Learn more here.

SupERa Platform

7 Jul, 21

The SupERa Platform was developed with the aim of providing continuous support to residential structures for the elderly and residential homes in the prevention and early detection of respiratory infections in residents.

The Membership and use of SupERa are free, institutions can register at

Formalization Ceremony for the Creation of the Portuguese Healthy and Active Aging Network - RePEnSA

6 Jul, 21

This Portuguese Network is made up of 4 National Reference Centers, Porto4Ageing, Ageing@Coimbra, Lisbon-AHA and Algarve Active Ageing. This Ceremony will be attended by the Rectors of the Universities of Porto, Coimbra, Nova de Lisboa and Algarve and will be present the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Dr. Ana Mendes Godinho. This is a big step towards active and healthy aging in Portugal.

The ceremony can be watched live via the following link.

Albufeira | Covid-19 positive tests performed at the Testing Center for Non-Resident Citizens and Foreigners

28 Jun, 21

Positive tests to Covid-19 carried out at the Albufeira Testing Center to non-residents and foreigners living outside the municipality are not counted in Albufeira.

The Municipality of Albufeira clarifies some points about the way how they count positive tests for foreign citizens or non-residents.

School closures are justified by the number of active cases

28 Jun, 21

Nuno Marques, President of ABC, considered that the closure of the 1st and 2nd cycle schools in the municipalities of Albufeira, Faro, Loulé, Olhão and São Brás de Alportel is justified by the "number of active cases".

He reminds that it is important that people understand, that it is possible to have a social life without neglecting the necessary procedures to keep the pandemic under control.

Learn more here.