MAKING HISTORY: THE FIGHT MOVEMENT OF RESIDENTS OF AN URBAN OCCUPATION (U.Ocu.)IN BELO HORIZONTE ( BRAZIL) TO ENSURE THE HEALTH RIGHTS



A growth in the number of U.Ocus in large cities was observed due to housing shortage and public policies inneficiency. It's essential to understand the process of formation of this population; how they fight for their rights, their living and health conditions, their access to health services, education and other assets. Considering the health empowerment and its importance, a question arises: What is the perception of the residents of a U.Ocu., in Belo Horizonte city, about health conditions considering the term empowerment? Exploratory and qualitative research was conducted in the area of Eliane Silva (E.S.). U.Ocu. Participants: 09 residents above 18 years living in the U.Ocu-E.S. for at least 1 year. Data collection: semi-structured interview. Discourse analysis according to Bardin (1977). Health rights and better living conditions emerged from the interviews: “With the community fight we got the right to have piped water and sewage (M4)”. “many things could be done to improve the people's quality of life and health, but nothing is done, so we have to fight and protest. We make pressure for the Health Center to see all the residents (M7)”. Despite the difficulties, the movement itself and its result motivated the population to move forward: 'We don't bother with difficulties. We know that we have rights and we are in the fight to ensure them (M2)”. A critical thought and a community empowerment of residents of U.Ocu-E.S has been noticed, owing to the interaction and collective awakeness of residents who shared the same difficulties and fight for better living conditions and health rights. 1. Community development/engagement, capacity building, partnerships 2. Poverty 3. Social determinants of health


Shirley Pereira De Almeida

Medical Sciences College of Minas Gerais, Brazil

My name is Shirley Pereira de Almeida. I am from Brazil, from the state of Minas Gerais, from the city of Belo Horizonte, the state capital. I've been married for 27 years. I have a beautiful daughter of 26 years.I'm a nurse and a dentist. I have been working for public health for 27 years, for 10 years in a basic health unit, for 12 years as a family health nurse, I took care of the families that living in slums.Actually, I work as a manager of a primary health care unit. This unit of health is a reference for the people living in the street. Almost of the homeless people have a bad health conditions, as tuberculosis, mental disease,sexual diseases (SIDA, sifilis), problems with drugs and alcohol. The other people that live near of this health unit, registered in this health center, most of them, are old-aged.I am a professor of the Nursing Course of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais, too. In the Congress, I’m going to present two projects made by the nursing academics under my guidance.