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English physician Matthew Harris is currently working in London on a project inspired by what he learned from the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) over 20 years ago.
After a year of medical degree in the UK, he moved to Pernambuco in 1999 and worked for four years as a general practitioner in a health unit in Camaragibe, in the Recife metropolitan area.
At the time, Harris had no idea the experience would change his career – and even launch transformations of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) two decades later.
He is currently a researcher at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and is leading a project aimed at applying community health agents, something SUS has had for decades, on the British mainland.
The doctor does not hesitate to say that this initiative is 100% inspired by the Family Health Strategy (ESF), a program that was created by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in the 1990s and is still active today – and brings results that are highly celebrated by professionals in the field.
Our reporter Andre Bernath speaks to Harris and tells this story in this video.
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