Neonatal ICU





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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Brazil

Location: Sao Paolo

Total Budget: $50,102

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

The goal of the project is to provide better care for premature newborns in order to reduce mortality rates and sequelae relevant to preterm births. In addition to the affordability of financial resources resulting from the finalization of the rental agreements of the equipment currently used, this Project can help the improvement in efficiency, mainly with the reduction of maintenance.

The objectives of the project are: (1) Reduction in the time of hospitalization of premature newborns, (2) Increase in technical resources available to the maternity clinic, which leads to a decrease in the mortality rate, (3) Improvements in the care of newborns by the multiprofessional team, (4) Improvements in the "Humanized Attendance" repair , increasing the physical comfort of preterm infants and preserving the neurological system. (5) leasing of existing equipment, contributing to the scarcity of financial resources always scarce, (6) Reduction of expenses with equipment maintenance due to the age of equipment.

The beneficiaries of this Project are the Preterm Pregnant and Newborn Patients, from the municipality of Caraguatatuba, São Paulo state, and other neigboring municipalities. The Hospital Casa de Saúde Stella Maris is reference in motherhood issues in the region, curently under management of the "Congregation of the Little Missionaries of Mary Immaculate" and belonging to the Institute of the small friends in Mary Immaculate. The Congregation of the Little Missionaries of Mary Immaculate was created in the city of São José dos Campos by Mother Maria Teresa de Jesus Eucarístico, and is currently responsible for the administration of five hospitals in Brazil. The history of the institution had its origins in the 1920s. At that time a young Catholic teacher named Dulce Rodrigues dos Santos, after undergoing tuberculosis treatment and, dissatisfied with the situation of the patients, began this humanitarian work in order to offer dignity and hope for these people. In 1950, the Small Missionaries in Mary Immaculate started to help the neediest ones of the region. The population of Caraguatatuba suffered without any hospital assistence. Knowing of this demand, Father Américo Virgílio Endrizzi donated the area where, today, is located the Hospital Casa de Saúde Stella Maris. The Hospital Casa de Saúde Stella Maris was founded by Mother Maria Teresa on May 24, 1952, providing nursing services for adults and children, maternity, surgery room, doctor's office and food block. Henceforth followed the conquest of n eggs services and equipment.

Nowdays, the maternity is a reference in the region. The population directly benefited by this project will be the citizens of the municipality of Caraguatatuba, currently more than 110,000 people, where the Hospital Casa de Saúde Stella Maris is located, however, it can also benefit other inhabitants from other municipalities such as San Sebastian, Ilhabela reaching over 330,000 people. Currently 2,040 births/year are registred in the Hospital Casa de Saúde Stella Maris, reaching an average of 170 deliveries per month. On average, 23 deliveries are premature resulting in a rate of occupancy of the Neonatal ICU of 80.65% per month, with a stay of 10 days in for hospitalization.

Total project amount is US$50,102

Primary Host Partner

District: 4600

Rotary Club of: Caraguatatuba-Poiares

Primary Contact: Dante Junior

Email: dantebachijunior@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins After Work

Primary Contact: Raju Jairam

Email: raju@mbi.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1988236.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Caraguatatuba-Poiares (4600)





Fort Collins After Work (5440)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 by Mike Mascari of the Rotary Club of La Mesa, District 5340.


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Raju Jairam

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.

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