Award for Best Initiative in Health Promotion
To the program 'Abandoned on the streets of the city: Project Help' by Doctor Luis Rojas Marcos.
In October 1987, the Municipality of New York launched Project Help, conceived and run by Doctor Rojas Marcos.
It is the first mobile service comprising psychiatrists, nursing professionals and social workers, aimed at caring for and hospitalizing seriously mentally ill people who are defenseless and homeless and who walk the streets of the city, often putting their lives at risk. Once examined on the street, the sick people that need hospital care are admitted for doctors to give them another assessment and, if necessary, they are hospitalized in a special unit.
This project has served as a model for implementing these mobile services in major cities across the USA and Europe. Currently, 30 years after they began, New York has 24 interdisciplinary mental health mobile teams specialized in crisis situations that treat 11,500 sick people every year.
In Spain, these units operate, for example, in the Community of Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Malaga and Valencia.