Centro de Recuperação e Educação Nutricional - CREN (Nutrition Education and Recovery Center), was founded in 1993 and is focused on the promotion of children’s food and nutrition education.
The eating habits acquired in early childhood (from zero to 48 months of age) have a huge impact on physical and cognitive development, which is why this period of life is so important. Currently Brazil has an overweight and obesity epidemic, and a growing number of malnourished children consuming excessive amounts of ultra-processed food with zero nutritional value. Poor eating habits, added to other risk factors throughout life, can cause several types of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and other health problems. Considering the number of aspects involved, food and nutrition education is not only the responsibility of health professionals, schools and families should also engage to bring about systemic and sustainable change.
HOW CREN WORKS AND THE PROJECT’S EXPECTED IMPACT
The goal of the project is to foster and disseminate food and nutrition educational actions in early childhood school environments, in the district of São Miguel Paulista, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. CREN mobilizes early childhood educators, families, and the children themselves to build and change eating habits. The project started in 2020 based on a field research study targeting the resources and conditions of each school. In August 2021, a pilot program will be launched in six schools, including continuing education for teachers in a hybrid model and validation of a tool that was co-created with educators tailored to routine teaching activities: a physical game, custom-made for children. This game allows teachers to guide the contents addressed and children to take part in the process, in an interactive and sensory way. In 2022, the project will be expanded to 44 additional schools. In total, the project will impact more than 6,000 children in São Miguel Paulista, and it can be replicated in other locations.
As a contribution to this project, Instituto Opy will share Opy Health’s management capabilities and knowledge focusing on efficient management and on organizing and improving CREN’s internal processes and operations.
Call for projects: best Intersectoral and Multistakeholder project to Cope with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in Brazil.
Instituto Opy is supporting the Chronic NCDs Forum in the organization of a national contest that will select the best innovative projects that have already generated results, even if preliminary, concerning the prevention, promotion, diagnosis, and treatment of one or more chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Projects must have the active participation of the community for which they are intended and must benefit vulnerable populations.
The five best projects will be presented at the 9th Chronic NCDs Forum in October 2021. The contact and information and summary of each project leader will be shared with institutions from different sectors participating in the meeting to facilitate potential partnerships. Additionally, the Selecting Committee will announce the first and second places among the five projects, which will receive $10,000 and $5,000 Brazilian reais, respectively, to help accelerate these projects.
Instituto Opy is one of the partners collaborating with the Contest, together with Roche and Sanofi.
The contest is open for project registration until August 14, and contest rules can be accessed here
ImpulsoGov, is a non-governmental organization focused on the improvement of data collection and analysis in healthcare services to positively impact the quality of life of the population.
The Brazilian federal government implemented a new model — known as Previne Brasil — for transferring primary care funds to municipalities. It is a remuneration program based on performance indicators aimed at improving people’s access to Primary Care services and strengthening the bond between users and family medicine professionals. Improved access may include vaccines, preventive health screening, prenatal care, diabetes measurement, pressure measurement for hypertensive patients, among others. The transfer of funds from the Ministry of Health to municipalities is based on the goals set by Previne program, and municipalities can lose these funds if the program pre-defined goals are not achieved. Therefore, municipalities must have a clear understanding of their primary care indicators to adjust their programs and allocated funds. However, data collection, analysis, and translation from the various health databases available is no simple task.
HOW IMPULSO WORKS AND THE PROJECT’S EXPECTED IMPACT
The project developed in partnership with ImpulsoGov is unique as it connects data analysis directly with the healthcare funds received by municipalities. The project will compile and translate these data into an accessible platform, allowing primary care indicators to be monitored so that municipalities can identify the most significant bottlenecks and prioritize them. The new open platform will indicate what actions a municipality should take to improve the quality of local healthcare services, for the benefit of SUS (Brazilian Unified Healthcare System) users. Additionally, municipalities that successfully implement the improvements will receive more funds from the federal government, further enhancing the quality of local healthcare services.
Instituto Opy is the first investor in this data platform and, together with Impulso, is looking for partners for this initiative. Opy Health, the Institute’s sponsor, will also assist Impulso in mentoring the municipalities that need additional support to identify bottlenecks and prioritize healthcare actions.