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Brazil presents good SUS practices and health opportunities in Davos
The 50th edition of the Forum ended on Friday (24th), in Davos, Switzerland. During the four-day event, Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta discussed several topics of interest to Brazilians and the world
This Friday (24th), the Ministry of Health concluded its participation in the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland. During the four-day event, Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta, along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) representative in Brazil, Socorro Gross, participated in meetings with non-governmental organizations, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, and health ministers from other countries. The agenda included the development of new vaccines, investments for industrial complexes, and good practices of the Unified Health System (SUS).
“We always present our health care system vision, which is now on the global agenda. We discussed the development of new vaccines, which are important for neglected diseases, such as dengue, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis, in addition to investments for industrial complexes in the Americas. We also offer successful experiences in health care systems across our region to other countries,” said Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta.
According to the assessment made by Socorro Gross, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) representative, Brazil is at the forefront in matters related to health. “Brazil has many opportunities for investments, as well as for producing vaccines and medicines and carrying out actions that can change the many things we need now for the health of our region”, he stressed.
On each day of the event, the Brazilian minister strengthened international dialogue in search of solutions for the health of Brazil and the world. He participated in debates on tuberculosis, vaccines, novel diseases and childhood obesity. On Friday (24th), at the conclusion of the World Economic Forum, Minister Mandetta met with the global president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chris Elias. The aim was to bring the Foundation closer to ongoing SUS projects, such as Conecte SUS, which will have a major impact on global health.
As part of the program, the minister also participated GAVI Alliance’s 20th anniversary ceremony, which brings together public and private institutions in order to ensure vaccination for all. During the Governors’ Meeting, Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta moderated the debate on universal health coverage and spoke about the challenges and advances of SUS. Attending the meeting were the ministers of health from Germany and the Netherlands.
In one of the first meetings, Luiz Henrique Mandetta spoke about the Unified Health System (SUS; created in 1988 by the Brazilian Constitution) and its characteristics of comprehensiveness, universality and availability at no charge, as well as the challenges that remain today, such as coping with neglected diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis. Another major challenge to health care, posited by the minister, is the Brazilian’s broader outlook on life. “We decided to confront all these challenges head-on; today, the public health care system has been around for 31 years. It has changed the lives of generations of people,” Mandetta remarks.
On Wednesday (22nd), the minister participated in “Tackling Childhood Overweight in a Changing World”, an activity organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) & Novo Nordisk. At the invitation of the organization, Mandetta presented Brazilian policies and initiatives, such as the “Food Guide”, for Brazilian children under two years old, and the “Childhood Obesity Combat and Prevention” campaign, created by the Ministry of Health. The meeting brought together successful actions that can help create healthier environments.
On the same day, the minister attended the meeting to discuss the need for new sustainable business models, innovative financing tools, and new forms of partnership that could support a new program with respect to economic and social conditions that affect health. An example of this is the social and economic conditions that promote the transmission of diseases such as tuberculosis and zika. Solutions were devised to reduce the incidence of these types of diseases that spread due to poor living conditions.
The topic of vaccines was on the agenda for the remainder of the Minister of Health’s day, with a bilateral meeting with the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Richard Hatchett. The development of vaccines for emerging diseases, including chikungunya, was discussed.
Still on the topic of vaccines, on Thursday (23rd), the minister was at a meeting with representatives of GAVI, a World Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. GAVI is an international organization that promotes vaccine availability for children in poor countries, including the latest vaccines produced by the market, which these children would not normally have access to. Also on the agenda: the need for investments to prevent diseases.
Mandetta then met with other government officials to discuss health care systems and communicable diseases. Soon after, the minister was part of the panel responsible for assessing the feasibility of new health care system models. On this occasion, private companies presented solutions to problems related to health. Mandetta also participated in the Protecting Progress event “Rebuilding Confidence in Immunization”, which promoted a discussion between governments, civil society, and the private sector to work together to address the lack of vaccines and prevent setbacks in the progress of global health.
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