We value environmental awareness and have developed initiatives to reduce the consumption of natural resources. Each of the hospitals within our network operate in accordance with environmental sustainable practices in order to seek to ensure our conscious consumption of resources and avoid the wasting of water and energy resources. We commenced these initiatives in 2005 and have developed consumption indicators on a per-patient, basis that we analyze each month.
In order to achieve optimal results, we promote systematic campaigns to encourage conscious consumption, including initiatives to raise awareness among our teams, the replacement of equipment that exhibit reduced energy efficiency, improvements in air conditioning systems and the hourly programming of our equipment.
In addition, we have developed additional initiatives, such as the parameterization of workspace temperatures, the replacement of conventional lamps with led lamps, the installation of presence sensors in common areas, an energy recycling system to heat water, a water recycling system, the installation of tap water regulators and improved processes to address water leakages.
Moreover, our Mater Dei Contorno and Mater Dei Betim-Contagem complexes were built using modern architectural and engineering techniques in order to seek to ensure their energy efficiency and reduce their impact on the environment.
We have also adopted several initiatives related to social development. In 2018 and 2019, we supported ten projects that encourage the formation of a peaceful and inclusive society, supporting those who work for the reduction of inequalities and benefiting more than 20,000 people. In the same period, we participated in 17 cultural and sports projects that benefited more than 100,000 people. Our cultural projects have included several lectures and trainings, among initiatives. In addition, our sports initiatives include projects related to athletics, volleyball and judo, involving individuals of various age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds and developing partnerships with schools and institutions that expanded the scope of these initiatives.
In addition, we have also developed campaigns against cancer, offering free consultations and cancer tests in order to help prevent and foster the early diagnosis of prostate and breast cancer, the most common forms cancers. More than 1,450 people have benefited from this project.