Refugee´s health care

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Refugee´s health care: Creation of a health care promotion plan focused on specificities of refugees

Santo Andre, BrazilSanto Andre, Brazil
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$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A growing number of refugees is coming to Brazil, most of them having specific health needs and social inclusion. The development of a health promotion plan is needed to prevent determinant and conditioning factors of diseases and health problems.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if there was a health promotion plan geared toward the needs and demands of the refugee population?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The population of refugees arrive in the country without their individual health history, often being in precarious conditions, with specific demands of prevention, self-care and health education. Aggravates this situation, cultural difficulties resulting from linguistic, social and religious issues, especially in the population comming from fundamentalist countries, which imposes restrictions on access to the public health system.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Construction of Health History, with an emphasis on local diseases and immunization; Refugee health screening; Creation of a National Refugee Register, containing the health mapping of this population; Training health agents Who will act as intermediaries between the health system and new immigrants, meeting issues related to cultural and religious diversity, to understand the needs of fundamentalist countries immigrants; Birth control policy and self-care for women from fundamentalist countries; Prevention and management of sexually transmitted diseases; Creation of refugee support groups to minimize the damage caused by violence from war or conflict areas, to support the mental health of this population;
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

According to a news published at O Globo internet portal, the programmer Ali, 34, was a wealthy man in Syria. Earning about US$ 15,000 per month, he had a car and was one of the best students in his post-graduation studies. "Here in Brazil, I am poor," he says, who moved to the Brazil a year and seven months ago, fleeing the civil war. Without any income, He would have to resort to the public health system if he or someone in his family needs health care. The language is a entrage which limits their access to basic services that facilitate their adaptation to the country. This project, if running, ofereceiria access Ali and his family to decent health care.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Recognize health promotion as a key part on the pursuit of equity, improving the quality of life and health; Encourage health in integrated actions aimed at inclusion of this population in the Unified Health System; Strengthening social participation as fundamental in refugee health promotion, particularly the promotion and maintenance of human rights, culture of peace and nonviolence; To strengthen the dialogue between the Brazilian population, the health care system and its staff and the refugees; Encourage acceptance of this through dialogue and acceptance; Disseminate and inform the initiatives aimed at health promotion to population health professionals in general and refugees, Find a way to facilitate and universal dialogue.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Full integration of refugees and access to integral citizenship, meaning integral access to the public health system, health care education on prevention of trpical diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, control of potentially epidemic diseases that may come from other countries and full integration of refugees into Brazilian culture and society, enabling the full social life and happiness.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The budget of this project will be supported basically by government investing thru tax collection and public politics aimed to attend refugees. NGOs can also cntribute in capacitation, trainning and reception of people leading with refugees and the public staff health system as well.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Currently there is no public health program specifically geared to refugee care in Brazil. Actually this work is done poorly by NGOs or religious institutions without a systemic view of the problem, which implies an insufficient care for this population.

Founding Story

This project was designed to meet a discipline of specialization in a course in health promotion. The goal was to think of a health promotion plan guided by a culture of peace and human rights. As the theme of refugee is emerging, the idea of thinking in a health promotion plan designed specifically for this population.


Me, a gerontologis, a friend lawyers specialized in humen right and members of government.
CO-CREATION IDEA: Please offer a brief description of how you imagine a win-win partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim to better serve unmet needs in health. (Hint: Please mention the underlying business model envisioned that would make such a partnership sustainable.)

Boehringer will, with their expertise, help in the management of issues related to public health and health management directly related to this project.

NEEDS: Based on you response above, please specify which of the following resources, operations or expertise by Boehringer Ingelheim you imagine leveraging to actualize the proposed co-creation opportunity. Please check all that apply. (Hint: while financing is often critical to scale, we are also interested in understanding what other assets or expertise could be leveraged).

Research and Development, Specific Disease Expertise, Relationships/New Contacts, Marketing/Communications Support, Human Resources, Legal Support, Public Policy Knowledge, Access to Capital.

EXPLANATION OF NEEDS: Please explain your choices in more detail.

Boehringer will contribute with its reach and global access to references and ongoing similar experiences in countries hosting refugees.
His research capacity will be important to assess health conditions and special needs of the population affected by the project, in the treatment of specific diseases existing in the countries of origin.
Boehringer will also have an important role in providing subsidy to the training of professionals directly linked to the project.
Access to capital also will be of great help to the extent that health emergency actions need to be taken.

OFFER: What are the main assets you may contribute in a co-creation partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim that would better serve unmet needs in health?

Deep understanding of an unmet need in a specific market/context, Access to and established trust with customers/beneficiaries, Insights into behavior change, Other.

FOCUS AREAS: Which of the following best describes the main focus of your project? (select all that apply)

Improving the affordability of healthcare (e.g., microinsurance, reducing the economic cost of care), Holistic solutions that work across the entire care continuum (including education, prevention, detection, treatment, management, follow-up), Remote care solutions for health management, treatment, and diagnosis.

Please share what your organisation and Boehringer Ingelheim will Co-Create together
Please specify what your Co-Creation will result in:

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Please provide a 1-2 sentence summary of your Co-Creation idea
How does this project link to the core mission of your organisation?
Beyond social impact, how does this project link to Boehringer Ingelheim’s core business?
What are the specific inputs and actions that each side will contribute to this Co-Creation idea based on each of your unique competencies and experiences?
Please describe the potential revenue model for this Co-Creation idea.
What possible risks or challenges do you foresee?
Is there anything else you would like to share about your Co-Creation idea?
How much input do you hope to receive from Boehringer Ingelheim?

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Besides Boehringer Ingelheim, what other types of partners might be valuable to carrying out your Co-Creation idea, and why?