Brazil

FIOCRUZ (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation)

(Fundação Oswaldo Cruz)

Tel: {0xx21)2598-4242

Av. Brasil 4365 Manguinhos 21045-900
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Paulo Gadelha - Director 

http://portal.fiocruz.br/pt-br

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Institute Profile

The health situation in Brazil – as in any other country – is conditioned by important socio-economic factors—the so-called “social determinants of health." Demographic transformations and income distribution, high prevalence of chronic non-transmissable diseases, the continuing incidence of infecto-parasitic diseases, and external causes leading to sickness and death place Brazil in a complex epidemiological situation which requires contínuous transformations of the unified health system.

The government and society have responded with social and economic changes promoting better income distribution and universal coverage through an integral and equitable health system, the Unified Health System (SUS).

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) promotes health and social development through scientific and technological knowledge. It is responsible for a range of activities including: research development; hospital and ambulatory care services; production of vaccines, drugs, reagents, and diagnostic kits; education and training of human resources; information and communication in the area of health, science and technology; quality control of products and services; and implementation of social programs.

With more than 7,500 employees, FIOCRUZ is the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America. As the sentinal public entity under the Ministry of Health, which is the Brazilian National Institute of Health, FIOCRUZ is expanding its teaching and research programs and its support to the Unified Health System, with the establishment of new units in five more impoverished regions of the country (North, Northeast and Center West), besides the revision of its actual programs for the implementation of a new Quadrienial Plan 2012 – 2015.

In order to improve governance and technical delivery of the health system, the Foundation coordinates a National Network of Health Government Schools and a National Network of Technical Schools in Health, and contributes with more than 20 reference laboratories of a National Network of Epidemiological Vigilance.

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