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Mama Zezé

Mama Zezé

"In this community I am a doctor, a delegate, a lawyer, I am a midwife, a geriatric psychologist, a social worker, I am everything, because when you need it, you have to use what you know"

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"In this community I am a doctor, a delegate, a lawyer, I am a midwife, a geriatric psychologist, a social worker, I am everything, because when you need it, you have to use what you know"

Maria José Galdino, or Mama Zezé, as she is affectionately known by all of her community this year celebrates 40 years of work as a midwife. Within a very poor community, Zezé takes care of people even with few resources. .Zezé does not receive any type of remuneration as a midwife, most families can not afford to pay for the service.

Since starting his job "taking a boy," his home has gone from being just his home to becoming "Casa de Parto Mamãe Zezé", where he performs about 45 births a year. In 2003, Zezé received as an donation an ambulance that struggles to keep working to meet the emergencies that occur in the community. She pays the fuel and the annual taxes of the vehicle from her own pocket. 15 years ago, Zezé was treated as a Community Health Agent and received a "Minimum Wage" (currently R $ 800 / month).

In case of any health problem is the house of Zezé that people turn to, and since there was no public health station in the community, Zezé, by his account, increased the rooms in his house to be able to receive more people, it was so that his house also became a makeshift health post of the comunidad.Zezé caught the attention of the authorities and today his birth house / health clinic serves about 3,000 people, along with a family doctor, a nurse and others