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Cape Verde

HI has been present in Cape Verde since 2006. The country is currently part of a regional project to improve access to HIV prevention, care and support services for people with disabilities.

Participation of persons with disabilities in the carnival | ©ACARINHAR - Tó Gomes

Our actions

HI has been present in Cape Verde since 2006. Since the beginning of our intervention, 4 projects in the fields of physical rehabilitation and capacity building of organizations of persons with disabilities have been implemented in the country.  

Since 2017 HI has been developing projects in the field of health and prevention, including the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in the fight against HIV. As part of the three-year regional HIV-Handicap project, HI is improving access to data on the vulnerability of people with disabilities to HIV infection. The objective is to increase the technical and organizational capacity of civil society organizations to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the national level.

Areas of intervention


Map of HI's interventions in the Cape Verde islands

Although development indicators have risen sharply in the country over the past 10 years, structural poverty is still present.

Disparities between the islands of the archipelago are one of the greatest challenges facing Cape Verde. Poverty is linked to the fragility of the country, which has extremely limited natural resources. 

In recent years, Cape Verde has made progress on the issue of disability. The country has signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified on 10 October 2011. Article 72 of the Constitution sets out a number of rights for persons with disabilities. 

Where we work