Paula Nanita
Managing Director
Fundação Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso
Fundação Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso

Funding maternal and child health promotion using fiscal measures in Portugal

The Fundação Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso uses fiscal measures to provide services. 



  • Established in 1951, the Fundação Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso (FNSBS) specialises in health education, health promotion and disease prevention namely in women and children.
  • Their services are open to everyone despite their social status. Families who cannot afford access to services, after socioeconomic evaluation by a social worker, receive discounts according to their income level or receive services without charge.
  • Besides the Foundation’s revenues from services, it is financed through citizens donations and private Portuguese entities:
  • Citizens: in Portugal, people can allocate a part of their VAT and Income Tax to an institution they choose when delivering the Annual Income Declaration.
  • Private entities: Portuguese government offers tax benefits to private entities for donations to not-for-profit institution operating in the social sector. Acting in accordance with their social responsibility commitment, they invest in building a healthier and more sustainable society.
  • FNSBS have created two additional and complementary ways to encourage private-sector mobilisation:
    • a prepaid Visa debit card, that gives access to Foundation’s services with discounts. It’s not a personalised card hence it can be used by both its carrier and others (e.g., as a gift-card);
    • FNSBS accepts Ticket Care as a payment method. Ticket Care is a card used by private companies to offer specific health services to their employees that is accepted as payment method in a limited number of healthcare facilities.

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