The head of the fight against AIDS generates a reaction against the ministry – 01/10/2023 – Equilíbrio e Saúde

The alternative of the head of the STI/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Unit, an space recreated by the PT authorities in the Ministry of Health for the remedy and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, has given rise to the first disagreement between the staff of Minister Nísia Trindade and civil society organizations.

A pioneer in the fight against HIV in Brazil and a global authority on the topic, the physician Fabio Mesquita was formally invited to the submit and even participated in conferences of the administrators of the portfolio’s well being surveillance secretariat. Last week, nonetheless, the head of the division handed to Dr. Draúrio Barreira, at the moment the tuberculosis supervisor at Unitaid, a world company linked to the WHO (World Health Organization).

The change led to letters of assist being despatched to Mesquita, signed by representatives of lots of of well being and human rights entities. He was handed over regardless of being nominated by PT’s National Health Sector.

Barreira was chosen after a letter was despatched by Foaesp (NGO/AIDS Forum of the State of São Paulo), during which the entity reported to the minister its concern about the referral of the physician to the division. The discussion board acknowledged that Mesquita’s tenure in the former Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, which he headed from 2013 to 2016, “was not fruitful, each in the articulation with the motion, as there have been divisions, and in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic’.

Mesquita colleagues reported on Sheet that the resolution to fireside him was made after a assembly between Health Surveillance Secretary Ethel Maciel and Foaesp President Rodrigo Pinheiro.

At the head of the discussion board, Pinheiro had opposed Portugal’s governments for years. In 2013, he organized a movement to reject the preliminary candidacy of Alexander Padilla (PT), now Minister of Institutional Relations and at the time in cost of Health, for the Government of São Paulo. He additionally opposed the re-election of Padilla as president of the CNS (National Health Council) and made public criticisms of Dilma Rousseff’s authorities.

Letters despatched by associations, well being boards and social actions after the Foaesp demonstration disagreed with the criticism of Mesquita. Entities even claimed that Pinheiro could be talking on behalf of entities he doesn’t characterize.

“People with doubtful motives have unfold this info [de que Mesquita não dialogava com movimentos do setor]utilizing the alleged illustration of dozens of organizations and actions that had been by no means consulted or knowledgeable that they might contain their names in such an initiative,” stated a letter signed by greater than a hundred entities.

The organizations are demanding a assembly with the minister and “to take measures to revive the institutional ethics of this authorities”.

Maciel has already met just about with representatives of social actions, particularly in the space of ​​assist for folks with HIV and teams weak to the illness. They demanded that Mesquita be reappointed to the submit. According to a participant’s report, the secretary didn’t let everybody communicate and didn’t assure the choice of a physician.

According to the letter, the conferences that sealed the identify change befell “with out the authorities representatives being formally named, in full defiance of the transparency legislation and the political and moral rules which can be the keynote of the Lula authorities.”

Mesquita labored for WHO for 12 years, all the time in the discipline of HIV and viral hepatitis, in a number of nations. For the previous two years, he coordinated the response to the covid-19 pandemic in Myanmar and was the group’s deputy consultant in the nation, which has been dominated by a navy junta since the February 2021 coup d’état.

The president of Foaesp, Rodrigo Pinheiro, says the assembly he attended with the secretary concerned entities from the Northeast, Midwest, South and Southeast areas of the nation. He says there was widespread enchantment for the digital assembly and that extra organizations than the discussion board oppose the Mesquita identify.

Pinheiro additionally says that the discussion board’s efficiency throughout the PT governments was not confrontational. “We will not be against any sort of authorities, we’re championing a trigger regardless of who the authorities is,” he stated. “It’s not about the authorities being PT.”

He additionally denied talking on behalf of organizations he didn’t characterize and claimed that just one establishment linked to the discussion board supported the election of Fabio Mesquita. “We are against Fabio Mesquita’s administration. This is already a resolution made by Foaesp [há muito tempo]and that call has not been overturned.”

He criticized the lack of procurement of medication to deal with AIDS between 2013 and 2016, when Mesquita led the division, and the delay in the inclusion of the drug dolutegravir in the SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde) at the moment.

The Ministry of Health stated in a notice that the processes for appointing the secretariat and directorates of the folder “had been guided by listening to establishments and social actions, which is a component of the course of of a authorities that takes under consideration democratic listening”.

The ministry says this occurred at the nomination of the holder of the STD/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Unit, Draurio Barreira. “In addition to technical competence, the present management of the Ministry of Health is guided by the political dedication to a authorities program chosen by the majority of the public.


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