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Follow up care with a doctor and nurse, ultrasound and all necessary examinations is now a reality for the majority of pregnant Brazilian women.

Social volunteers orient mothers about the importance of prenatal care during lectures conducted in Childbirth Centers. Photo: Adenilson Nunes/Gov.BaFor prenatal care to begin within the first few weeks of pregnancy, rapid tests for pregnant women are distributed for free.

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For poor Brazilians over a number of generations, becoming pregnant was to start an adventure with an unpredictable outcome. The Stork Network was created so that mothers and babies are a top priority before, during and just after childbirth. Nearly 5,000 municipalities in the program ensure the quality and humanization of birth, from prenatal care until a child is two years old. By the end of 2014, the Stork Network will have invested R$ 9.4 billion in actions such as Centers for Childbirth and the Pregnancy and Baby Clinics.

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Another indicator that is less well known to the public, neonatal mortality, i.e., infants under 27 days old, also declined during the Lula government: 15.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2002 to 10.2 in 2010.

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Total care reduces reduces by 40% the infant  mortality

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Currently, 95% of the operations are performed in the country through the Single Health System (SUS). The Ministry of Health, states and municipalities manage the National Transplant System (SNT). The Ministry of Health is investing in the adoption of measures to encourage organ donation in the country through campaigns and mobilization actions.

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It was not just an urgent response service that was missing in Brazil in 2002. Since there was no intermediary service between primary care at neighborhood clinics and emergency rooms of large hospitals, the latter suffered from overcrowding and endless queues.

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