Tear Project

Partnership objectives

  1. Promote social reintegration of people living with mental disorders.
  2. Generate income by means of therapeutic and occupational workshops for patients.

Rehabilitation, reintegration into the workforce and increased independence and self-esteem for patients with mental disorders. Rehabilitation, reintegration into the workforce and increased independence and self-esteem for patients with mental disorders. Copyright Pfizer

What are the health needs and challenges?

Studies indicate an increasing number of individuals living with mental disorders each year. Usually, these people are excluded from the labor force. Experience in this area has shown that occupational activities can contribute to helping these patients rehabilitate and successfully re-join the labor market.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Tear Project is an initiative aimed to promote rehabilitation, reintegration into the workforce and increased independence and self-esteem for patients with mental disorders, by means of arts and labor qualification workshops. The beneficiaries are low-income individuals  living with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, among other clinically stabilized mental disorders, selected from SUS – Unified Health System records in the city of Guarulhos. When they are selected to participate of the project by the psychosocial healthcare network as an innovative way to keep them healthy as recommended by the reformed Brazilian psychiatry, the individuals choose one of the workshops available and start to experience working under a cooperation model. The project focuses on specific goals, including:

  • Daily care through therapeutic-occupational workshops;
  • Diverse activities that promote strong interpersonal relationships;
  • Personal networking and support for families of these patients.
  • Fundraising activities.

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

The number of beneficiaries in the program has increased by 20% over the life of the program. The program has expanded its facilities, workshops and tools, developed a new website, multimedia room and library with books specifically addressing income generating activities. In 2015 the Tear Project offered nine occupational workshops and helped patients’ market products they have produced in income generating activities at fairs and events. It also operates a shop to sell these goods.

The project has  the capacity to attend 120 patients per year.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Pfizer

Partner(s) Cornélia Vlieg Association

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Mental and Neurological Disorders, Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Addictive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Depression, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Neurological Disorders, Schizophrenia

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

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

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Brazil

Start Date 2003

More information Pfizer Brazil

Anticipated completion date Ongoing