This was the first model of basic riverside healthcare set up by the Health and Happiness Project, which later became an inspiration for the creation of public policy in 2010

In Santarém, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visited the Abaré hospital boat, which is a symbol of the basic health model implemented in 2006 by the Health and Happiness Project in partnership with organizations, councils, universities and local city halls. In 2010, the model became national public policy, covering the regions of the Amazon and the Pantanal. In total, there are more than 100 healthcare boats. The current owner of Abaré is the Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), to which it was transferred with the objective of it also becoming a School Boat, thereby expanding its social role. The Health and Happiness Project is an iCS grantee. More information can be found here.

Visit of President Lula and a government delegation to the Abaré. Credit: Disclosure / PSA

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