Country of Operation
- Projeto Saúde e Alegria (PSA)Not-for-profit
SummaryNavio Abaré is a floating medical unit that provides primary health care services to isolated Amazon communities in the state of Pará, Brazil.
Key program components
In October of 2006, Projeto Saúde e Alegria (PSA) began attending to the heath of isolated river communities through Navio Abaré, a floating medical unit financed by Terre des Hommes, a Dutch non-profit. The Abaré ship serves approximately 15,000 individuals in 73 communities along the Tapajós River and provides access to basic services such as pre-natal care, family planning, vaccinations, child health, oral health and routine examinations. The floating medical unit also provides emergency ambulance service and has the capacity for basic surgery. Originally operated by PSA and funded by the Terre des Hommes Foundation, Navio Abaré became publicly operated in 2010 and is now run by the municipality. The government also hopes to finance 32 smaller ships to serve the communities.
PSA is a civil society organization whose objective is to promote active individual engagement in sustainable community development. It works primarily with rural populations in the Amazon, helping them defend their territories, protect their natural resources, and promote the social, economic and environmental viability of their land.