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MIDRAS

Spearheading progressive social projects in Angola
 

Alameda Jaú | n° 1905, São Paulo, Brazil

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MIDRAS, a nonprofit organization operating out of São Paulo, Brazil, focuses on health and hospital-building initiatives throughout impoverished regions of Angola. MIDRAS leads a number of distinct social and community services projects, including Projeto Sorriso, an oral-health initiative undertaken in conjunction with the private health consulting firm Amosmid. 

Focused in Huambo and Luanda Provinces, MIDRAS targets children ages 5-12, instilling proper oral health habits designed to prevent cavities and gum disease from occurring. Another component of the initiative involves prenatal testing, which emphasizes consultations with pregnant women and stresses the importance of nutrition and hygiene as they relate to proper infant oral health. Over the past three years, more than 90,000 children have benefited directly from MIDRAS’ efforts, with mobile dental offices expected to provide 1,000 consultations in 2012 for children experiencing oral distress. 

MIDRAS has helped to build several hospitals and clinics in Angola over the past decade, including the HIV-focused Hospital Esperanca. The Rangel, Luanda, hospital offers patients no-cost diagnostic tests, therapies, and access to antiretroviral medicine. In 2005, MIDRAS participated in the creation of the National Institute Against HIV, an organization led by Angola’s minister of health. 

MIDRAS currently assists in developing the Luanda Medical Center, which will integrate research and clinical/surgical practice in Angola’s capital city. Designed to serve between 500 and 600 patients daily, the hospital represents a $16 million capital investment; Phase One is scheduled for completion in 2012. To learn more about MIDRAS and its ongoing social and medical projects in West Africa, visit www.midras.co.ao.


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