LPPS History

LPPS activity was initiated in 1924 by the hand of its founders - António Magalhães, Emídio Candido Gil da Costa and Henrique Veiga Pires, three young doctors anxious to fight some of the most evident causes of public health problems that were marking the Portuguese reality at the time.

Pathologies that are currently taken as easily controllable or even rare in the present scene of public health (such as syphilis, tuberculosis, tetanus, leprosy, among others) had at the time a dramatic impact on families and individuals lives, with huge impact on Portuguese society. Problems such as child prostitution and extreme poverty were making up a scenario of weak health and social ailment within Oporto community, and then demanding severe actions with strong impact on its causes. This encouraged the first health education program of LPPS.

More than treat the diseases and assist people in situations of greater social vulnerability, LPPS tried to raise awareness and reduce risk behaviours,  preventing the development of diseases and its dramatic consequences to social cohesion and wellbeing. Some social education campaigns were particularly relevant, and had notable impact on twentieth-century society.