How we work
Our mission is to help transform the healthcare sector, understanding it through a positive perspective and focusing on health promotion actions.
All stakeholders must come together to ensure health promotion goals are achieved: the government, the healthcare sector, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations, local authorities, the industry, and the media. With that in mind, Instituto Opy acts as a bridge, promoting impactful ideas, projects, and actions, and working within a network.
As social investors, our goal is to have our resources used as strategically as possible.
The first 1,000 days of life
Lifestyle decisions pregnant women make during pregnancy until their children have reached 2 years of age can influence their children’s future. The first two years are considered a golden period and the foundation for all the days that follow in several different aspects: social, psychic, and biological (developmental) aspects. It is known that only 20% of our genes are associated with hereditary factors. About 80% are influenced by external factors, such as nutrition, the use of medication, acquired infections, and the habit of exercising or not. The first 1,000 days of life are, therefore, a window of opportunity for building a better future for the individual and their descendants.
According to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund), during the first 1,000 days of life, brain cells can make up to a thousand new connections every second – the highest rate of connectivity to be reached throughout life. These connections contribute to the child’s brain functioning and learning. In addition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), optimal nutrition in early childhood improves school performance, which can also have a positive impact on a country’s GDP growth. Therefore, the sooner the interventions, the greater the result for children and the better the return for society.
Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases - these are the most common illnesses and account for about 70% of the causes of death in Brazil, more strongly affecting the poorest and vulnerable groups, such as the low-educated population.
To help prevent these diseases, it is necessary to target inequality in access to goods and services, low education levels, inequalities in access to information, and modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.
Healthcare in Brazil
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the healthcare system in Brazil. This public health crisis has overburdened the healthcare system, resulting in limited access to services and medicine shortages, and has encouraged the population to skip routine medical appointments and screenings, increasing risk factors for pregnant women, infants, and patients with chronic NCDs. The lifestyle of the population has also changed due to reduced physical activity, increased sedentarism, and reduced consumption of healthy foods. As the pandemic continued to flare, pregnant women and infants had reduced medical follow-up appointments, and economic uncertainty strongly affected the most vulnerable groups, resulting in food insecurity and exacerbating social inequality in Brazil.
In this scenario, health promotion has become even more urgent. To respond to this challenge, collaborative actions must be taken, involving all sectors of the healthcare ecosystem.
The cooperation of each person, their families, and communities will also be fundamental to ensure optimal health, in all stages and dimensions of life. Instituto Opy wants to be part of this important movement.
17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Estimates indicate that the world will have nine billion people in ten years. Thus, for the population to thrive and have optimal health and well-being, as well as to protect the environment, the United Nations (UN) launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These goals serve as guidelines for the operation of businesses and civil society organizations until 2030.
The SDGs have 169 targets and 244 indicators. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. There is no economic prosperity without social equality.
Instituto Opy is aligned with the targets and indicators of the following SDGs:
3 - Ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for everyone, at all ages.
17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.