Update on the NCF e-health Project in Rio

We are happy to share with you a quick update of the NCF Pilot project in Santa Marta, following a field trip of the Project Manager to Rio from the 2nd to the 9th of March 2012.

Following a phase of in-depth legal, research and technological preparations, the New Cities Foundation Task Force we are managing is getting closer to concrete implementation.

Soon, we should be able to start testing and using the GE mobile health kit in the community to the benefice of the population of Santa Marta, in particular:

– Patients with mobility issues (handicapped, elderly, bedridden patients)
– Socially marginalized patients (mental conditions, extreme poverty)
– Patients with serious chronic conditions
– Pregnant women

We are thus developing a two-track approach: empowerment of public health services and citizens’ entitlement, in particular the most vulnerable and isolated patients.

We intend to work closely with the amazing team of the Family Clinic of Santa Marta and reach out to the community. You can check their great Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cfsantamarta, a very useful and interactive tool for primary health care policies and prevention campaigns.

The NCF e health Task Force will be represented at the New Cities Summit in Paris, 14-16 May. We will keep you posted!

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