Health System Profile of Brazil
O Perfil do Sistema de Serviços de Saúde Brasil
Brazil Country Profile - Health in the Americas, 2007
A gestão da saúde nos estados: avaliação e fortalecimento das funções essenciais
Sub-National Strengthening Experience Essential Public Health Functions - Brazil
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The Tuberculosis Fellowship Program in PAHO
One of the goals of the USAID-PAHO cooperation in the area of Tuberculosis is to build capacity at the national level on the new Stop TB Strategy. As part of this initiative, in 2008, Dr. Ailton Cezário Alves Júnior was selected to participate in the PAHO TB Fellowship Program.
Dr. Alves, a 34-year-old Brazilian physician, conducted graduate studies in Medical Psychology and Sanitary Pneumology in the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - Ministry of Health of Brazil. During his academic studies, Dr. Alves had his first contact with TB during a visit to an indigenous group with high incidence rates. After this experience, he became involved in several health care projects targeting lung diseases and tuberculosis in poor communities. In 2003 he won the Award “Quality in Primary Health Care” for structuring a public assistance program for asthmatic children in Minas Gerais (a Brazilian State with 19 million inhabitants), which became a model for other states in Brazil. In 2005, Dr. Alves became the coordinator of the TB and respiratory diseases control program in Minas Gerais. In 2006, he integrated a PAHO initiative as part of the Team of Professionals Allied for Application of DOTS in Brazil, in support of the National Program of Tuberculosis.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization