Expedicionários da Saúde

Partnership objective

Support a local NGO to bring specialty medical care and surgical care to isolated regions, benefiting indigenous populations.

Health centers do not always come with high-end technologies and medical experts generally deal with overcrowding. Health centers do not always come with high-end technologies and medical experts generally deal with overcrowding. Copyright Pfizer

What are the health needs and challenges?

Isolated indigenous communities in Brazil receive basic preventive health care from the government, but there are many operational difficulties related to difficult access to communities, serious cases, as well as elective surgeries depend on transfer to medical centers in the region.

In these regions there is a high incidence of degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts or pterygium, as well as hernias and other conditions that arise within a community that relies on their physical strength.

The lack of standards of care in medical centers is also a reality. Health centers do not always come with high-end technologies and medical experts generally deal with overcrowding. Thus, only the severe cases can be treated and the queue is long.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Expedicionários da Saúde (EDS) is a Brazilian non-profitable organization established in 2003 by a group of physicians who volunteered to bring specialty medical care and surgical care to isolated regions, benefiting indigenous populations. In 2012, this NGO gained Pfizer support, thus contributing to improve the infrastructure in indigenous communities, load transportation, logistics for the medical team, fuel to transport patients and with meals for patients and teams.

Lessons learned

Pfizer actively contributes in order to make each country and community in which it operates a better place to live and work. In Brazil, Pfizer has elected health education as the focus of its action in social projects, recognizing its talent and making available its experience and ability for enhancing people’s quality of life.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since February 2004, the organization provided 25,000 clinical examinations and conducted 4,431 surgeries on individuals of indigenous populations and to those living along Brazilian Amazon rivers. Furthermore, in 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti, EDS sent seven SOPS Haiti teams, performing 359 surgeries and 1,407 outpatient services.

In 2014, the NGO is seeking to perform three expeditions to Amazon. The first one happened in April in Xingu park, in the state of Maro Grosso. The group of volunteers provided 147 surgeries and more than 1,200 medical attendances.

Approximately 4,500 clinical examinations and 600 surgeries are expected to be provided this year. 

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Partnership information

Company(ies) Pfizer

Partner(s) Expedicionários da Saúde

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health, Ophthalmology, Surgical Care

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Emergency Aid, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services

Targeted Population(s) Elderly, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, Women, Youth

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean

Number of Countries 2

Country(ies) Brazil, Haiti

Start Date 2012

More information Brazilian Health Expeditions

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« For Pfizer, it is rewarding to support a project that brings quality healthcare to remote populations, contributing to the welfare of the community. »

Ciro Mortella, Director of Corporate Affairs at Pfizer