Belinha, Brazil

"My name is Belinha. I am 31. I live in Lemon Torres with my mother and my two daughters (8 and 12). I am separated from my husband. I have lived here for twenty-three years. I used to work as a cleaning lady at the children’s hospital but I don’t work now.  When I have medical problems I go to a public health post in the neighborhood. I take my children to the public health clinic when they’re sick. I heard about the BEMFAM clinic from Humberto, our community leader. Six months ago I had my first appointment at BEMFAM. I had a gynecology exam and got a pap smear for cancer prevention. At the public clinic there is always a long line and you don’t have much time with the doctors. The doctor might do a pap smear but you never have an actual examination. At BEMFAM, the quality of care is really high. The doctors there take a lot of time to talk with you about your problems and healthcare."


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