With funding from the Medtronic Foundation and technical support from PADF, the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio is working to address the chronic health problems faced by individuals suffering from substance abuse.
Women who abuse drugs or alcohol present a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Despite advances increasing the coverage of family clinics in Rio de Janeiro, there is still insufficient access to health care for women in vulnerable situations, including drug and alcohol addicts, impoverished women, female sex workers and the homeless. Without access to quality care, treatable diseases are often detected late, when there is already considerable damage to health such as hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer and cervical cancer.
Funded by Medtronic Foundation with technical support from PADF, the “Fazendinha da Conceição” is a residential treatment center for men and women who abuse drugs. In addition to a holistic treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, the center will provide integrated care with a focus on women and the prevention of cardiovascular and chronic diseases. Located in the municipality of Miguel Pereira outside of Rio de Janeiro, the center was developed by Viva Rio in collaboration with the Miguel Pereira Government and the City of Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Department of Social Development (SMDS).
When the center opens in October 2015, Viva Rio will work with Family Health Teams to provide care to residents of the Fazendinha and the local community through regular screenings, awareness events, media checks and outreach.