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Combat the impacts of social determinants of health through food self-sufficiency of families

Published on June 7, 2021 um 08:54

Your title/position

Founder and President of Administrative Council

Type of Enterprise

non-profit organization

Year the ngo or company was founded

January 2019

Explain your project in details:

Our main objective with this project is to guarantee the right to health through self-sufficiency in families, and to create the articulation capacities of the various social actors involved and committed to family farming. There is a growing tendency to carry out studies on the relationship between health and economic, social, environmental factors, inverting the previous view, the product of science in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in which health was treated and seen only for their biological aspects. Nowadays there is a great challenge for Social Determinants of Health (SDH), defined by the National Commission on Social Determinants of Health (NCSDH), these being social, economic, cultural, ethnic-racial, psychological and behavioral factors that influence the occurrence of health problems and their risk factors in the population. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report for 2020, with current estimates that about 690 million people are hungry, an increase of 10 million people in one year and almost 60 million in five years, the University of Toronto Research Work in collaboration with the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University, and published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), says there are more than 18 million women who would be in a situation of severe malnutrition, which causes serious health problems, such as greater exposure to infections and diseases in general, and with a greater risk of dying, as well as their babies, currently, 151 million children under 5 years have suffered chronic malnutrition. According to UNICEF, more than 550,000 additional children each month are suffering from malnutrition that manifests itself in thin limbs and distended bellies. In one year, this represents an increase of 6.7 million. This situation represents an immense loss of individual and economic potential.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

According to the World Bank report, the food system as it exists today puts the health of the population and the planet at risk. Based on the concept of health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of infections and illnesses, through this project to combat and minimize the impacts social determinants of health through household self-sufficiency. With the prolonged period of Covid-19, with comings and goings in the phases of social isolation and sanitary carelessness, at the same time that it affected mobility, it also changed the eating habits of most families. Malnutrition is one of the main worldwide risks of death. Millions of people eat poorly or little enough food, and this situation, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes as the dual burden of malnutrition, is the cause of illness and health crises. With this project, we will strengthen food security and produce healthy, nutritious and sufficient food to feed all members of the participating families every day. Through the entrepreneurship programs, it will be possible to create a source of income for the families involved, causing an improvement in the financial condition of the families benefited by the actions of the Transform Minds Organization. As described above, the objectives of our project meet the expectations of sustainable development, especially with regard to objective 1 (poverty eradication), objective 2 (zero hunger) and objective 3 (promoting well-being and good health).

Sustainability and future plans

For the best performance and strengthening of this project, its sustainability is based on partnerships. The initial partnership is the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Kids Rights, which have helped in the execution of the project. The future partnerships that will maintain the life of the project in the medium and long term, we have in mind, the pre-existing social movements, several ministries, state and municipal governments, financial agents, NGOs and others. With these alliances, it will enable the maximum reach of impacted lives, encouraging the use of technology to cope with drought, in the structuring of family activities in business units, with increasingly developed production chains, with the organization of trade fairs and entrepreneurship for their products; Train and qualify these families with the adequacy of technologies to serve the local community, such as: soil preparation, use of fertilizers and correctives, irrigation, mechanization, cultural treatments, seed selection, crops, adding value to products, and above all creation of awareness campaigns in health promotion and prevention. To achieve positive economic results and, consequently, sustainable social results. Our mission is to expand this project by 2030 in all countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The project will work by recruiting volunteers willing to contribute to specific tasks proposed by the Organization; such as food and seed distribution campaigns for growing vegetables, practical workshops aimed at teaching family farming techniques, and distribution of booklets on healthy eating habits. Recruitment will take place through Transform Minds Organization social media and creation incentive programs for volunteering to work on the project. The project will be developed in three countries where we are represented: Brazil, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am kutanda Mpanzo kulumbu, I am 25 years old, I am Angolan, I am a medical student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Brazil, founder and president of the Administrative Council of the organization TRANSFORM MINDS, an international non-profit organization, whose main objective is to combat and minimize the impact of social determinants of health. Member and representative of kids Rights, organizer of entrepreneurship fairs, scientific congresses, project coordinator to allow and facilitate access to basic primary health care services for refugees and immigrants in the city of Belo Horizonte, from an early age I started to participate in change activities as part of social groups that promoted actions of change, in 2017, in the general elections in Angola, where I had the opportunity to work as President of a polling station in Luanda capital of Angola, where I was responsible for more than 5000 people that would pass that assembly to exercise their right to vote, at that time it was a challenge and a very big responsibility for me, but I was very happy to know that I was participating and being part of the democracy process in my country, and at that moment the exact moment I was part of the change and the destiny of Angola was in my hands.

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