Mobile Emergency Care Service in Brazil


The president of Brazil has signed a decree creating a Mobile Emergency Care Service, known as SAMU/192. SAMU/192 is a Ministry of Health service that forms part of the Brazilian government’s Emergency Care National Policy. The system was created to reduce deaths, the length of hospital stays and the consequences of a delayed response. By the end of 2004, this service is expected to reach 118 million people in 1,700 municipalities. To achieve this goal the Ministry of Health of Brazil will invest US$100 million to set up 132 SAMU/192 Centers and purchase 1,480 basic ambulances and intensive care mobile units. More information on SAMU/192 at:


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