Brasil

September 2018

Fields of Work

  • Prevention Work: Prevention team is composed of currently 5 hired professionals, 3  outsourced employees and 10 volunteers, with more than 50,000 people assisted per year.
  • In 2018 BC Brasil is running 5 projects linked to the municipal councils of Blumenau and Gaspar. These councils have diversified proposals  for prevention attendance besides both sole (punctual) and continuous prevention programs.
  • Network of Mutual Groups Help (Adults): 110  groups
  • Network of KIDS Support Groups: 36 groups
  • Continuing Education: Training of 1.000 people per year in extension courses, postgraduate and free courses
  • Editions: Literature in the area of prevention, treatment and social reintegration (Printed and online editions)
  • Psychosocial Ambulatory Service Individual (Psychological): 1 hired professional. On average of 400 people are assisted each year.
  • Public Policies of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Q&A with Alana Sieves Wendenhausen, Coordinator of Prevention Area

Alana Sieves Wendenhausen

1. Why is the Blue Cross work important to you?

Because it does not let me stagnate either as a professional or as a person. It is so exciting, that I want to continuously pursue new knowledge to improve my  work. In the Blue Cross, I have both professional freedom and I work as part of a team – part of a family. Each child or adolescent that I meet shows me how I can be a better person and this motivates me!

2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work - if so, which aspects?

Yes. The growing number of approaches used for prevention by the Blue Cross in Brazil over the few last years that bring innovative proposals and the constant evaluation — or the search for methods already evaluated and proven by their efficacy —as well as the feedback we receive from the public we have assisted.

3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?

Do I have to choose just one? There are several! All of the projects have a certain moment — I can’t spot exactly when, but usually in the last phases — when you start observing that more than the objective has been concluded in each child or adolescent. I start thinking about what they were like when I met them and how they behave today. They are fun without being silly; they were totally immature regarding many things, but now they know how to have a position or opinion, how to make a difference. This is really beautiful in my eyes.

4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?

The beginning of my work in prevention was a challenge as a whole. Everything was quite new for me because up to that time I used to work on the treatment of the chemical dependence. Currently, the biggest challenge is the scientific evidence of the efficacy of our work; this is one of my main objectives in the work of prevention of the Blue Cross in Brazil.

5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider as your most important project?

The set of services rendered by the projects. There is no project that is more important than another: all of them are part of a process of bringing LIFE to the people.