World Immunization Week 2017 – Vaccines are successful

During the “World Immunization Week” the World Health Organization (WHO) raises awareness to the use of vaccines as an effective tool protect against diseases.

Vaccines are seen as one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent diseases and save lives. Every year, between 2 and 3 million deaths are avoided because of vaccination and another 1.5 million could be avoided, according to estimations by the WHO.

 

MD Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General, says “nearly 1 in 5 children – worldwide are still missing routine immunizations for preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.” Increasing access to vaccines is part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.

The WHO explains that besides providing defenses against for multiple diseases, immunization is “a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.” To learn more about pediatric care, you can visit our website or contact us.

One of the greatest successes of vaccines is the fight against polio, since there has been a decrease of 99% of cases since 1988. In 2016, only 27 cases were reported worldwide. Nowadays, only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic. Another important achievement is the progress made in reducing measles cases, from 2.6 million, in 1980, to 134 000, in 2015.

Read more about vaccines and immunization week in our previous blog post.

 

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Portugal receives 23 “World Travel Awards”

Best beach destination, best island destination and best cruise destination were some of the highlights for Portugal at this year’s “World Travel Awards” for the European region.

Every year, Portugal’s tourism offer gets more and more recognition. This time, the country got 23 awards at the “World Travel Awards”, a considerable increase comparing to last year’s 14 awards. Algarve gets the prize for “best beach destination” for the second year in a row, while competing against places like Cannes and Sardinia. Madeira reconquers the “best european islands” award, after having won in 2013 and 2014.

Check the image for the highlights:

a map of Portugal displaying the awards won at the World Travel awards

Multiple Portuguese hotels received many distinctions such as, best beach resort, best all inclusive resort, most romantic resort, best boutique hotel, best family resort among many others with a total of 14 awards. Additionally, enterprise Douro Azul was awarded the prize for best river cruise company.

These awards come after multiple recognitions, as Portugal continues to increase its reputation as a trendy and safe travel destination.  The number of visitors continue to increase, as well as Portugal’s readiness to receive more people. If like many others, you are planning to visit or even move to Portugal, let us take care of your healthcare needs. We offer a full booking service, tailored to your needs. Visit our website  or contact us. 

 

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US News explains why Lisbon is a perfect place for retirement

Affordable and safe, a cosmopolitan city with good weather and nice beaches. As the dollar gets stronger, you should really consider Lisbon as a retirement destination, says US News.

A couple stands while looking at the city of Lisbon

We have mentioned in the past how cool Lisbon is and innumerous reasons to move there. While places like Algarve have already made the headlines as a top destination for retirement abroad, Portugal’s capital should not be forgotten. Here are the top reasons to retire in Lisbon, as US News points out:

Touristic attractions: as one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, this city offers multiple outstanding places to visit, such as Jerónimos Monastery, Tower of Belém and Praça do Comércio.

A charming city: as US News puts it, “Lisbon offers the same Old World cosmopolitan flavor” as other better known European capitals, but with good weather, and pleasant, clean beaches.

Affordability: Lisbon is one of the most affordable capital cities in Western Europe. The quality of life you get compared to the cost of living is unmatchable.

Healthcare: Lisbon ranks high also when it comes to healthcare quality, and counts with some of the best health specialists in Europe. Plus, medical care is considerably more affordable in Lisbon than in the USA. Language is not a barrier: most doctors and medical staff speak English. If you are considering visiting or moving to Portugal and want to better understand how to access healthcare services, we can help.

Safety: Portugal stands as one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world. Even in its capital, crime rate are low.

Language: There is an established English speaking community in Lisbon, and English is the second most spoken language throughout Portugal.

Cultural and recreational activities are also mentioned by US News, and moving to Portugal is now easier thanks to the Non Habitual Regime and Golden Visa status. You can read the full article – that concludes by describing Portugal as a “welcoming haven”.

There are many other unique characteristics that render Lisbon a great choice for foreign retirees. Keep visiting our blog to learn more.

 

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Hospital Lusiadas Lisboa earns the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation

Hospital Lusiadas Lisboa is now the only private hospital in Lisbon – the capital of Portugal – to achieve such distinction from the leading accreditor of health facilities in the world.

Joint Commission International is an independent organization that according to their website, “identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety with the world.”

Joint Commission International’s mission is to work “to improve patient safety and quality of health care in the international community (…). In more than 100 countries, JCI partners with hospitals, clinics, and academic medical centers (…) to promote rigorous standards of care and to provide solutions for achieving peak performance.”

The accreditation process consists of an evaluation from an international team of auditors of 1200 requisites related to patient safety, clinical and non-clinical standards, customer service, and management of the health facilities.

Hospital Lusiadas group has 3 hospitals with JCI accreditation
Hospital Lusiadas group has 3 hospitals with JCI accreditation
Joint Commission International quality approval seal
Joint Commission International quality approval seal

Medical Port is proud to partner with hospital facilities whose quality is internationally recognized. Our motto “Making sure your health comes first” just can be achieved when working with partners like Lusíadas Lisboa who considers quality of health care as a priority.

Another Medical Port partner from Lusiadas group, Hospital Lusiadas Porto holds the Joint Commission International accreditation since 2012.

 

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Medical Port promotes medical travel in Portugal at Riyadh Travel Fair in Saudi Arabia

Following the success of the participation in the Saudi Medical Tourism Fair in November 2014, Medical Port decided to return to Saudi Arabia to be present at another event, this time dedicated to travel and tourism:

“Riyadh Travel Fair is the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress attracting visitors and delegates from countries and regions that include Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Europe”, according to the organization.

Visitants were very receptive to Medical Port’s offerings and were interested in knowing more about the several medical travel options available in Portugal. There was a high interest in diverse areas such as surgery or physiotherapy and there was also a great interest in the country itself.

Portugal’s history and culture are still very associated with the Arabic presence from a few centuries back. The Arabic heritage is still present all around the country in monuments, food and even some Portuguese words are similar to Arabic. Medical Port wants the bond between Portugal and Saudi Arabia to be strengthened by bringing Saudi clients to Portugal to get to know the country and to be treated in world-class medical facilities, keeping their total privacy.

Medical Port’s presence at the fair had the goal to introduce to Arabic customers the offerings in medical travel in Portugal. The best private hospitals and clinics across the country have partnered with Medical Port to offer the best solutions in a wide range of medical treatments and procedures to those who would like to come to Portugal. These facilities are located in Lisbon – the capital – and Oporto, cities with international airports and daily flights to and from most European countries and other destinations across the world.

See below some pictures of Medical Port’s booth at the fair.

Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015
Medical Port at Riyadh Travel Fair 2015

 

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