Fellow Since 2008
Brazilian Association of Community Therapy
This profile was prepared when Adalberto Barreto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Public health policies are still largely based on the assumption that health professionals are the primary resource to tap into to treat diseases. Yet, many diseases in developing countries are a consequence of marginalization and poverty. In order to address the root causes of suffering, Adalberto Barreto has created Community Therapy. Through this methodology, now used all over Brazil, he has proved that most people who suffer from emotional and psychological troubles in favelas can be treated by the community itself, thus significantly reducing the need for medical treatment. More than three million people have participated in his sessions, and 88 percent of them have successfully overcome their problems through community therapy. Adalberto aims to develop community health indicators that will increase adherence to his model and is now looking to disseminate his methodology throughout Latin America and Africa.
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