Some recent developments in relation to the improvements currently taking place in the health system and its infrastructure in Brazil.
The World Family Organisation is planning to build a few hospitals in Brazil over the next five years.
The WFO is currently constructing a much-needed regional hospital in the city of Biguaçu in state of Santa Catarina.
Dr. Deisi Kusztra (President of the World Family Organization) acompanying Raimundo Columbo (governor of Santa Catarina) during an inspection of construction work at Biguaçu Regional Hospital on February 4, 2011.
For more on this project, plese visit the WFO News Archives at the following link: Training in Biguaçu Municipality – SC
The same NGO has already built one hospital (in 2008) in the larger city of Balneário Camboriú in Santa Catarina.
Whilst Brazil can proudly boast one of the best public health systems in the world, it is only true on paper.
Coping with a population of nearly 200 million makes SUS (Universal Health System) painstakingly beaurocratic and at times completely ineffective.
However with continued investment, as the current Government is hoping and working towards, there will be a substantial improvement in the efficiency and standards which have hampered Brazil’s social progress (and consequently economic progress also).
Image via Wikipedia
It should be noted for those unaware of it, that many things in Brazil happen at a different pace than in Ireland and Europe. Some things at a much more relaxed and steady pace, others at startling speed. It really can vary from place to place also.
For instance, where I am based in Santa Catarina, there is a road in need of repair for quite a few years now (apparently). It’s only a minor road mind, exactly the same as you might find in Ireland (asphalt overdue a refurbishment). However, nearby a six storey building has risen from basement to roof, in the space of a few weeks.
Obviously, there is a discrepancy between the public and private sectors in terms of project speed. Which of course is true for many countries (Ireland included). As each sector has its own priorities and budget parameters respectively. This is just an example to illustrate other scenarios which I have witnessed and experienced, during my time in Brazil.
So take heed when you are told that things are different here… but don’t see this as a negative aspect, it’s quite the opposite.