With a broader view, Umane seeks evidence-based solutions that maximize the potential of public health care. These solutions influence health policies and can improve the lives of Brazilians, making them healthier and, consequently, able to better respond to daily challenges.

According to the most recent data from Brazil’s National Health Survey (Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde – PNS), about 40% of the Brazilian adult population (57 million people) suffer from at least one chronic non-communicable disease (NCD). The Brazilian population’s higher prevalence of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, is associated with risk factors like smoking, alcohol abuse, being overweight, high cholesterol, low consumption of fruits and vegetables, and a sedentary lifestyle. Thus, we’ve made the fight against chronic NCDs our main challenge and have found a common starting point in modifiable risk factors to attack the causes of this increase in chronic NCDs.


Comprehensive Care Program for Chronic Conditions

Initiatives for controlling risk factors, tracking, expanding access to health care, and monitoring PHC risk factors.

PHC Strengthening Program

Initiatives for coordinating care levels, productivity gains, a valid reference and counter-reference system, and cost-effective strategies to expand access to health care services, with managers optimizing data usage for decision making, managing health care professionals’ time, remote monitoring, and telehealth access in a proactive approach to chronic NCDs and risk factors.

Maternal, Child, and Youth Health Program

Initiatives for coordinating care levels for the prenatal care and comprehensive follow-up of the “first 1,000 days” arranged by the PHC, preventing unfavorable outcomes during pregnancy, remote monitoring, and a proactive approach to chronic NCDs and risk factors for pregnant women and children and adolescents.


In adults

In children and adolescents



Training and Permanent Education in Healthcare for nurses, community health agents, multidisciplinary teams, and managers of Basic Health Care Units.

Proactive perpetual monitoring of risk factors and chronic NCDs.

Comprehensive and contextualized care.

Fostering of supported self-care.

Health literacy.

Mobilization in search of user engagement to change their lifestyle.

Engagement of public managers to make informed and evidence-based decisions.

Tools that make health care access and receiving care more efficient.

Tools that help users adhere to the care plan, treatment, or health recommendations.



Umane has a structured process for monitoring and evaluating projects to positively impact the Brazilian population’s primary health. Focusing on strengthening the assessment’s role as a practice that continues after the final impact, we remain close throughout the project to monitor indicators and identify possible redesigns with the partners.

The assessment plan validates quantitative and qualitative methodologies combined, uses monitored information, and (when necessary) collects specific data. A quality standard guaranteed by a logical matrix of indicators, which illustrates the chain of deliverables and outcomes that the initiative needs to go through to achieve the desired objectives.


Umane maintains an endowment, initially financed from the sale of Hospital Samaritano, whose income is intended to guarantee its sustainability and perpetuate its assets and its social objectives.

Umane’s social purpose is to conduct charitable and philanthropic activities that promote good health and the prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases by fostering specific projects in Brazil with an identical profile.

No. Support is exclusively for projects that meet Umane’s requirements and specific framework indicators, projects that foster good health and the prevention of chronic non communicable diseases in Brazil. In terms of project support, under no circumstances will any supported institution have to give back for what it received, except for natural remittances for implementing projects so that they reach their social goals.

Umane is a non-profit civil association certified by the Ministry of Health to work on fostering good health and the prevention of disease. Its governance structure includes (i) a group of members that meets annually in General Assembly–the institution’s sovereign body; (ii) a Board of Directors comprised of members with renowned in their respective areas–the institution’s senior management body; (iii) Executive Directors that manage the institution, including its legal representation; and (iv) technical support committees for the Board of Directors (e.g., the Finance and Investment Committee, Philanthropy Committee, and the Compliance, Governance, Audit, and Ethics Committee).

No. Umane does not remunerate, in any form or capacity, directly or indirectly, founders, members, benefactors, or Administrative Council and Support Committees for their abilities, functions, or activities the institution’s Bylaws assigns to them and does not distribute any profits, bonuses, or advantages to directors, or members.

No. Umane has had no direct relationship or partnership with Hospital Samaritano since it was sold in 2016 (a philanthropic hospital until the sale). Its work and governance are impartial and independent. Likewise, it does not receive funds from third parties, either from Hospital Samaritano or from any other institution in the health sector. Its philanthropic activity is exclusively maintained with part of the income that it’s endowment generates.

No. Independence and nonpartisanship guide the institution’s work. Umane is a nonpartisan institution and is not partial to any political orientation. Umane is prohibited from participating in any political campaigns or elections.

Yes. Umane establishes partnerships with government entities with the sole purpose of achieving the established social purposes in its Bylaws. However, it does not transfer or receive finances from governmental institutions. One-hundred percent (100%) of its resources come from its private endowment.


We are committed to being ethical, having integrity, and complying with the law, our bylaws and internal rules, and aligning with the best impact philanthropy practices.

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