ODA eligibility database


Not ODA-eligible


Sector or themePeace and security: involving military
Provider countryPortugal
Recipient countryCabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor-Leste
Implementing agencyPortuguese Ministry of Defence
Budget (EUR x 1000)34
Purpose codeN/A

  • This project utilises basic health care services and medical assistance based in Portugal for the treatment of military personnel of partner countries. Portugal has signed multiannual framework programmes with partner countries’ authorities and the activity reported is part of one of the framework programmes signed since 2006.
  • This activity enables the access of partner country military to hospital assistance in Portugal, such as medical appointments, treatments or surgical procedures which cannot be performed in their own countries due to the lack of human or technical resources.
  • This project aimed to improve the medical conditions and health care to partner country military personnel.
  • This activity is deemed not ODA-eligible. This project concerns the provision of basic health care and specialised medical services to partner country military personnel that is not available in the partner countries. Although the assistance may be considered of a humanitarian nature, it is excluded from ODA on the ground that it consists in providing aid to the military in partner countries. This exclusion covers assistance directly benefitting counterpart military structure and other contributions linked to a specific defence effort e.g. assistance that contributes to the strengthening of the military or fighting capacity of the armed forces (paragraph 97). In this context, the intended health benefits are to these people as military actors and therefore considered part of regular military support to its human capacity rather than additional costs for use of military for development or humanitarian purposes.