Pequeno Príncipe Complex

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The Pequeno Príncipe Complex is devoted to promoting healthcare focusing on technical and scientific excellence, on social mobilization, and humanized and comprehensive care.

The Complex comprises three units: Pequeno Príncipe Hospital, Pequeno Príncipe College, and Pelé Pequeno Príncipe Research Institute. Together they allowed the organization to operate in healthcare, education, and research segments through an integrated and complementary effort.

The Pequeno Príncipe Hospital is the largest solely pediatric hospital in Brazil, which has been providing healthcare services to patients from zero to 18 years of age, in 32 specialties, since 1919. It is a national reference in high- and medium-complexity procedures, and it allocates 70% of its capability and facilities to providing services to patients covered by the Brazilian Public Healthcare System (SUS). In 2015, the hospital served more than 311,000 outpatients, 23,000 admissions, and 20,000 surgeries.

Complementing the hospital services, the research unit – Pelé Pequeno Príncipe Research Institute – initiated its activities in 2006 and since then it has been concentrating its efforts in the investigation of complex, high-incidence diseases in Brazil, thus contributing to reducing child mortality rates. Currently, there are 16 researchers working on more than 100 ongoing research studies which include molecular genetics, cell biology with a focus on stem cells, nanobiotechnology, and bioinformatics, as well as specific Pediatric areas like infectious diseases, mental disorders, cancer, and complex and rare diseases.