Brazil Fights Status Quo and Lack of Money in Mental Health Care

Health minister José Gomes TemporãoIn a speech during the 4th National Conference on Mental Health, in Brazil, Brazilian minister of Health, José Gomes Temporão, declared that the challenge facing Brazil is to protect the mental health of the individual beginning at conception.

Temporão called for intersectorial action by various ministries to achieve that goal – universal, comprehensive healthcare, Brazilian style.

“We need intersectorial action that will provide care for women while they are pregnant, at birth and enable a mother to care for herself and child until the latter is 5 years of age. It is during this period that biological and psychic structures are formed for the future citizen.”

Temporão said a project to keep all Brazilians healthy, focused on the mother and the child, was being an enormous success.

“We seek to avoid diseases during early stages of life. The objective is to have a healthy child become a healthy adult who is not subject to mental problems and use of drugs, for example,” declared the minister.

As for modern, progressive reforms in psychiatric care, the minister said they were here to stay in spite of opposition from more conservative sectors of society.

Temporão celebrated the psychiatric reform under way in Brazil, which proposes the replacement of assistance focused on hospice care for a community model for comprehensive care.

“The main positive aspect is the fight against stigma, prejudice, exclusion. This is a victory for the Brazilian society. Those who think one day they will be able to stop this process should know that the Brazilian psychiatric reform is here to stay. What we have to do is to qualify it and to improved it,” said minister Temporão.

Talking to the lecturers the minister took stock of the major actions in the sector. Among the highlights mentioned by him was an increase of 142.2% in federal government investment in Mental Health Policy in the past seven years, rising from 619.2 million reais in 2002 (US$ 343 million) to 1.5 billion reais (US$ 831 million) in 2009.


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  • Andrade

    [quote]Brazilian minister of Health, José Gomes Temporão, declared that the challenge facing Brazil is to protect the mental health of the individual beginning at conception.[/quote]

    Can understand his concern about mental health, because he grew up lacking it and still lacks. Not too late though. Being a minister now, he can get treated elsewhere to cure his mental deficiencies. After all our VP got cured of cancer, didn’t he?

  • luisjustin

    health insurance
    You guys should stop complaining cuz one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed give it a try u guys are too hard on democrats they went to college and we voted for most of these if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. as for obama people are just tryin to make it look like america made a mistake he has done things to help us and we had a full 8 years of a terrible president and i will be so as happy as ever when a obama fixes bush’s mistakes. You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price from obama has to put up with the wo0rld judging his every move and trying to fix the mess we are in we are lucky anyone wants to be our president. STOP COMPLAINING AND GIVE HIM A BREAK. i wanna see one of yall do what he sas done. some people are just so ignorant.

  • ch.c.

    Lack of Money in Mental Health Care
    Robbing Hook decided it is better to raise the Foreign Currencies Reserves.

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