Human Service Organizations,
Mission: Understanding that all of us are blessed with unique talents, CURA Brazil brings together medical, dental and community volunteers from Brazil, the United States and other countries. We aim to serve the medical, psychological and spiritual needs of the disadvantaged and underserved of Brazil.
Results: CURA Brazil was born out of a dream conceived on a hilltop in 2007. Standing on that hilltop, representatives put together the initial dream of being able to help meet the physical and psychological needs of the people of Itu. From that dream, with a lot of bumps along the way, grew the inaugural campaign in July, 2009. With the cooperation of the Itu Secretary of Health, the mayor of Itu, and the collaborative efforts of Brazilian and American practitioners and students from the medical school in Sao Paulo, 745 patients were seen in the neighborhood of Cidade Nova in the areas of gynecology, cardiology, dentistry, general medicine and counseling.
From that initial campaign, we continue to grow in the number of patients seen, the number of practitioners involved, the areas of service we are able to provide, and in recognition. We have become a recognized primary care clinic within the Brazilian Health Care System of Itu. This allows us to access the local pharmacies and secondary referral resources. As our growth continues we anticipate the addition of more capabilities. Patients attending the clinic are taught the relationship between hygiene and health, information is provided to promote dental health, sexual health, mental health and classes are held in nutrition, healthy habits and physical therapy is provided to help improve the ability to function in day to day life. We currently are able to put all of this together once a year in June or July. As we continue to grow and dream, and seeing the incredible need in eye and dental care, we hope to begin at least monthly services in these areas by way of mobile trailer clinics in the next year. We had our first trial our mobile dental trailers in June and they were a big success!
Target demographics: provide medical care to the community
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 900 patients in one week
Geographic areas served: Itu, Brazil
Programs: Ophthalmology, Dentistry, OBGYN, General Medicine, Cardiology, Chiropractor, and many more!