Umane is an independent philanthropic association. We coordinate and foster initiatives to support the system’s development, improve health conditions, and foster healthfulness in a collaborative effort to improve the Brazilian population’s quality of life.

Based on the belief that health is a social value that must be integrated into our daily lives,
Umane’s work focuses on fighting against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that result from different social and conditioning factors and preventable risk factors, such as smoking, harmful consumption of alcohol, a sedentary lifestyle, and inadequate diet.

With a new name and a new brand created in 2020, Umane was born from a legacy.

Our work upholds the century-old ideal of excellence in health care at Hospital Samaritano — founded in the capital of São Paulo in 1894 — and the efforts of the Samaritano Association, a philanthropic entity maintained by an endowment created when the hospital was sold in 2016.

In 2021, Umane supported 13 health-fostering and disease prevention initiatives. These projects were run with 38 of our partners: implementing and governmental partners and co-financiers.



Foundation of Hospital Samaritano in São Paulo

Located in the Higienópolis neighborhood, the fruit of Jose Pereira Achao’s dream and immigrants who mobilized for a more democratic and religion-free health care service.


Leveled up.

We stopped being a “charity hospital” and became a modern, structured medical-hospital institution.


Established our Philanthropy Committee

The hospital formed the Philanthropy Commission, comprising directors and doctors. Partnerships emerged with other health care entities, such as the Disabled Children Assistance Association (AACD).


Created the Samaritano Association's Multi-Assistance Program (AMAS)

With a scheduled care set-up for patients with low and medium pathologies in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Gynecology.


We received the title of Hospital of Excellence and formed a partnership with the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS).

1st accreditation by the Joint Commission International as “1 of the 6 Hospitals of Excellence in São Paulo,” a title that identifies institutions recognized by the Ministry of Health for meeting the requirements for having projects that support the SUS.


Created the Samaritano Association

We have gone from a hospital to a philanthropic fund focused on health, from executors to enablers. We are no longer limited to São Paulo and serve the entire country as an assisting philanthropy within the hospital scope, practicing impactful philanthropy with results in the community.


Umane is born

The Samaritano Association gets a new name and brand, better representing its positioning and practices.



Support transformative disease prevention and health-fostering initiatives that impact the quality of life of Brazilians.


To be a reference in private social investment in the health care area in Brazil.


We want to ensure that philanthropic activities in health and life sciences are impartial and transparent. We are exclusively committed to improving the health of Brazilians.

Philanthropy Committee

Erik Cavalcante
George Osborn
Hiran Castello Branco
Januário Montone
Lorraine de Matos
Marco Mattar
Ricardo de Oliveira
Ricardo Leonardos
Rogério Rabelo
Vivien Rosso

Finance and Investment Committee

André Reginato
Bruno Ribeiro de Macedo
Daniel Lima
Geoffrey Cleaver
George Kerr
Gert Wunderlich
Guido Oliveira
Marco Mattar

Nominations Committee

Arthur Buzatto
George Osborn
Gert Wunderlich
Jairo Loureiro
Marco Mattar
Renata Filippi Lindquist
William Bennett

Compliance, Governance, Audit, and Ethics Committee

Fernando Meira
Gustavo Mattedi
Hiran Castello Branco
Joice Toyota
Maria Helena Pettersson

Adrian Mackenzie

Alasdair Kerr

Alastair Howarth Hilary Steel

Alison Hilary Steel

Andrew John Pacey

André Reginato

Arthur Buzatto

Bettina Walker

Brian J. Busson

Carolina Dupont-Liot

Cristina Anne Betts

Derek T. Barnes

Derrick Isaac Marcus

Douglas Munro

Eduardo de Campos Queiroz

Farrer J.P. L. Pallin

Fernanda Hoefel

Fernando de Barros Barreto

Geoffrey David Cleaver

George Kerr

George Robert Osborn

Gert Wunderlich

Guilherme Prado

Hiran Castello Branco

Ian Henry Pacey

Ivan Francis Noronha

Jairo Eduardo Loureiro


Jairo Loureiro Filho

Januário Montone

John Philip Lloyd

Joice Toyota Mendes

José Antonio de Lima

José Eduardo Krieger

Lorraine de Matos 

Luiz Gustavo Mattedi

Luiz Peccioli

Marco Antonio Cattini Mattar

Maria Helena Pettersson

Marina Medley de Sá

Mark Moran

Matthew Govier

Maurício Ceschin

Philippe Krinker

Renata Filippi Lindquist

Ricardo Barbosa Leonardos

Robert Donald Filshill

Rogério Rabelo

Sean Patrick Hutchinson

Sergio Silva Freitas

Susan Pallin

Thomas Leon Goman

Timothy Altaffer

Vivien Rosso

William E. Bennett



Implementing partners

Institutions supported by Umane in the development and implementation of initiatives.

Co-funding Partners

Institutions that invest in initiatives supported by Umane.

Technical Partners

Civil society organizations, government entities, academic institutions or international agencies that establish technical cooperation or institutional partnerships with initiatives supported by Umane

Government entities

Public agencies or entities at the federal, state, or municipal level that are partners of Umane or supported initiatives.


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.