Providing medical and dental assistance for villages in the Amazon
Describe the need affecting community
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Volunteer teams from Brazil and abroad provide medical and dental treatment as well as teach first aid and preventative medicine. High among the priorities for teaching are ways to improve nutrition from locally produced foods.
Describe the primary goal of the project
Improve the holistic health of targeted areas in the Amazon through direct services and preventative health education.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
Some of the health needs are inherently provided by outside health workers. Efforts are made with local leaders to pressure the government to expand its health services to these river communities. Some of this is a long term issue because it is hard to find doctors that are willing to live in the primitive villages. It is much easier to train local people in preventative health, first aid, dental hygiene and develop water purification and food production projects. Progress has been made but it is very difficult to do this on the limited budget that the medical boat operates with.