PPGFAR is involved in some social insertion projects:
The research project "Multidisciplinary actions for the improvement of quality of life of elderly people living in nursing homes or homes in the metropolitan region of Salvador" – coordinated by Darizy Flávia Vasconcelos, PhD, and funded by FAPESB. The project aims to collect data on pharmacotherapy and conduct multidisciplinary actions involving different health professionals for the improvement of the quality of life of the elderly.
The research project "Neuropsychological and health effects of the population from two communities exposed to heavy metals" coordinated by José Antônio Menezes, PhD, with FAPESB funding. The project chose the participatory approach to community studies, called the Ecohealth Approach. In this research, Santa Luzia and Cotegipe communities from Simões Filho (Bahia) were involved with the evaluation of exposure, conduction of laboratorial exams, environmental education and personal hygiene initiatives (women's health), and neuropsychological assessments. In addition, meetings were held with community representatives together with public authorities from Simões Filho (the Head of the Environment Office, representative of the Education Office, Agriculture and Industry and Trade Officer) to communicate the main findings, thus undertaking risk communication activity. This project implied a direct social impact in the communities since the renewal of the license of the iron-manganese alloy industries and was conditioned by a review of the studies carried out by the research group in the region.
As one of the spaces of interaction of PPGFAR with society, we have the Laboratory of Clinical and Toxicological Analysis of the School of Pharmacy (LACTFAR). This laboratory develops extension activities articulated with teaching and research. Approximately 150 patients per day are attended, referred by units of the Unified Health System (SUS) to perform low, medium and high complexity laboratory tests in the areas of biochemistry and hormones, molecular biology, immunology of autoimmune diseases, immunology of infectious diseases, hematology, microbiology, mycology and parasitology. The services provided by LACTFAR count on the participation of undergraduate and graduate students from PPGFAR.
Several research projects are developed with the participation of LACTFAR users and some of them are funded by PPSUS, supporting the acquisition of goods, expansion and improvement of the infrastructure, making possible the insertion of new technologies for diagnostic support for SUS. In addition, PPGFAR's interaction with the LACTFAR extension project brings as a social feedback the humanization of the service and the improvement of the quality of life through early diagnosis and prevention of health problems.
Interfaces with Basic Education:
In 2015, PPGFAR expanded its academic actions by carrying out activities with students from two public schools (Barros Barreto State School and Raymundo Matta State School) located in the low-income neighborhood of Subúrbio Ferroviário de Salvador, with the supervision of a postdoctoral student with PNPD-CAPES grant. The activities took place with the visits of the students from the schools to the university, in two field trips of 100 students accompanied by teachers to participate in activities of the Pharmacy Week of UFBA; and in the opposite direction, when graduate PPGFAR students and teachers went to the schools for the exhibition and discussion of the film - "Lorenzo's Oil" for 50 students; Carrying out the "Photo Education Initiative - educational activities to prevent skin cancer" for approximately 250 people among students, staff and teachers of the State Education Network.