The CIES Project was developed to take specialized, humanized and high-technology preventive medical care to communities in need, through advanced mobiles medical centers. It is a leveraged non-profit organization that focuses on low-income people – the population deprived of access to quality medical care.
The CIES Project focuses on the triad “treat-educate-prevent”. Its main objective is to reinforce the culture of preventive health in low income communities, using the education as an essential tool to prevention. In order to achieve that, it primarily invests on high quality and humanized treatment to sick people, knowing that it is impossible to be educated when one is suffering or in pain.
• takes specialized, preventive, humane and high-tech medical care to people on
the outskirts of large cities and remote areas in the country;
• complements the outpatient units of the existing primary health care;
• develops a local master plan for the implementation of a self-sustaining management in health, based on data collected and local needs;
• leverages Local Productive Arrangements (clusters of companies, government departments and civil society organizations) in health;
• establishes the concept of integrated health to education with active community participation.
Health Wagon: an adapted truck measuring 15m x 2.5m x 4.3m (55 m² when closed), endowed with a flexible system in which the two side walls open at an angle of 90°. It targets cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants and with good roadways or necessity of more than seven medical specialties at same time.
The vehicle turns into a broad framework of three interconnected modules comprising more than 100 m² of floor space when open. It consists of the following spaces:
- Echocardiography/ ultrasound room
- digital mammography room
- minicenter for surgical and endoscopic procedure
- dressing, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization rooms
- rest room
- reception - doctor’s office
- purge, kitchen and three toilets
- ramp with an electric lift for disabled patients on wheelchairs
- reservoirs of drinking water served up to 400 liters
- chemically treated sewer
The truck serves up to ten specialties such as gastroenterology, otolaryngology, urology, ophthalmology, imaging, mastology, cardiology, dermatology, minor surgery and collection of laboratory tests. This flexibility allows each event to configure several types of scheduling, adapted to the demands of different communities, which varies from place to place
Health Box: it is a container-like structure of 7.5m x 2.5m easily transported by a tow truck, a catamaran or a raft, in order to service the population living in the Upper Amazon Basin, for example. It consists of a stand-alone mobile health system equipped with automated side opening comprising 16m² of living space, projected for a maximum of four specialties. It has an X-Ray room, an echocardiogram/ultrasound room with bathroom and one room with reception. It features air conditioning system and power generator to emergencies. In an area of about 45 m² with spots for light, tap water and culverts, this structure is autonomous to suit any space, including public squares. The Health Box targets cities with more than 50,000 and less than 150,000 inhabitants or that need between 4 and 7 medical specialties at same time.
Health Van (VDS): a mobile unit to transport equipment for digital radiology exams and ultrasound/echocardiography, with complete connectivity to a central unity of larger size if needed. The equipment is carried in “special cases” and discharged into the fixed unit. It is an innovative and cost-effective solution to be used together with the Family Health Program (FHP), a government program that takes preventive health to patients’ homes. In the FHP, there is a high demand for tests to justify the investment in infrastructure and equipment. Therefore the Health Van can be taken to the FHP units, solving this problem in an economic way, especially by taking this type of exams near the patient.
Targeting cities with less than 50,000 people or necessity of less than 3 medical specialties at same time, the VDS is also an ideal model for mountainous regions such as slums in Rio de Janeiro, Santos and other steep areas. This portfolio of three types of mobile health units allows CIES Project to meet any population’s needs, fulfilling our mission: “CIES Project: Health without borders”. CIES Project also has fixed service in some cities in partnership with the municipality or local organizations. These services occur on a daily or a weekly basis and also seek to meet the necessities presented by these places. The difference is that in these spaces the CIES mobile centers are used only as a means of transportation and not as a basis for medical care. The local partner gives the space where the service will happen.
Hospice: another project run by CIES Project is the Hospice, which provides assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. A medical practitioner meets and follows the patient and family as a whole: body, soul and spirit
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