Brazil’s Health Ministry wins award in Dubai

15 de fevereiro de 2017

São Paulo – Brazilian minister of Health Ricardo Barros spent four days in the United Arab Emirates, up until this Wednesday (15). He discussed cooperation with local authorities and accepted an award for healthcare technology.

The app Guardiões da Saúde (Guardians of Health), which was used during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil, was the winner of the Best Mobile Government Service in the Healthcare category, offered by the World Government Summit, which took place in Dubai. The minister received the accolade on Tuesday (14).

The application maps out the occurrence of similar symptoms per region so swift action can be taken. Brazilians and foreigners relied on the app during the sports events in Rio de Janeiro to relate their health conditions. The app was made available in seven different languages.

Barros also met on Tuesday with the UAE minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais. He told his counterpart about the workings of healthcare services in Brazil, including immunization and transplant programs. The Brazilian Ministry of Health said Owais showed interest in sharing experiences by sending a delegation to see Brazil’s healthcare system up close.

The Brazilian minister also sat down for a meeting with Dubai Health Authority chairman Humaid Al Qatami. Barros explained Brazil’s Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) to Qatami, including the coverage and access to services such as vaccination and treatment of chronic diseases. He also discussed how healthcare is financed in the country. The chairman explained the UAE’s health system to Barros.

Ricardo Barros also visited the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHC), which manages the emirate’s healthcare free zone. The state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported that the Brazilian minister toured the facilities, including the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtour Medical Simulation Center, the Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre, and a university hospital under construction.

WAM also said Brazil is one of 78 countries authorized to carry out medical procedures in the DHC. Ricardo Barros was welcomed by DHCA CEO Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Shamsi and other executives.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum