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PROSAUDESC - Health First
The conditions of precariousness and sub-human in some social quarters proportions in Public Health, led an intervention policy based on an order of the Council of Ministers on 17/04/97, which created an Interministerial Commission for the issue.
They were part of this Commission, the Ministries of Health, Education, High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which through a Pilot Project (DAR) implemented in the former neighborhood. Quinta do Mocho, some services as a way of addressing the problems presented in diagnostics. Among the planned activities, Health Promoters formed consisting of technicians and nurses of the Portuguese Speaking Countries who supposedly knew the habits, customs, and cultures of communities in order to integrate the actions of the district.
The Ministry of Health through the Health Sub-Region of Lisbon blamed as training bodies of Sponsors Project Completed in February 2000, these professionals aware of community problems that require ongoing interventions, organized themselves and formed the PROSAUDESC - Association of Promoters of Health and Socio - Cultural, who saw their status recognized in April of the same year as a non-profit organization that develops activities in the areas of social, health, environment, education, leisure and culture. Since then PROSAUDESC has worked with similar institutions, State, and others, thus establishing a network of partnerships to better find answers within the Community. During these eight years of existence, has developed several social projects, has organized several inventions with special emphasis on the project Trash in Bin, Days of Public Health Home Care and Training Aids
These merits have earned recognition in 2006 as a Private Institution of Social Solidarity. Since 2006 this institution develops the project "Give a Hand" designed to provide psychosocial support, promote personal and social education of patients and their family and leisure activities aimed at boosting the social integration of the evacuees, thereby combating the isolation / social exclusion. The Health Outreach Project, started in 2008 with the purchase of a Mobile Unit, which aims to meet the communities to provide support for primary health care and referrals.
Admittedly, the challenges are great and the capabilities are limited in time and space. Yet with the networking forces multiply and the results have surprised societies.