SBMT note in support of democracy and the electoral process

Publicação: 30 de September de 2022

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At a time when we dedicate our best thoughts to the future of Brazil, we believe it is essential to pay special attention to initiatives that value health, science and  research & development (R&D) The presidential candidates’ commitment is mainly to sustained, fair and adequate funding. The Federal Constitution of Brazil, promulgated in 1988, defines Health as a social right through universal and equal access to actions and services, which must guarantee its promotion, protection and recovery.

In this sense, the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine (SBMT) draws attention to the need for public funding for the Unified Health System (SUS) at a minimum level of 6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the next 4 years; increased investments in the technological and industrial bases of health in Brazil to overcome economic vulnerability; progressive increase in public investment in Science, Technology and Innovation to 2% of GDP in four years; respect for democratic decisions and the autonomy of universities; policy for recomposition of scholarship values (scientific initiation, Master’s, Doctorate and Postdoctoral); permanent dialogue with representative entities of the academic-scientific community for the development of policies for science, technology and innovation; promotion of public policies related to equity and respect for diversity and defense of democracy and the electoral process.

In order to ensure the country’s growth in a more consistent way, with inclusion and independence, we need to unite objectives to rebuild our nation that has suffered so much over more than two years of pandemic and define social development projects that make Brazil move towards an increasingly advanced civilization stage. Thus, the SBMT, which throughout its 60 years has maintained a technical-political commitment to support public and private agencies involved in the confrontation and control of tropical, infectious and parasitic diseases, on several support fronts, respecting the SUS guidelines, promoting and encouraging studies and research related to Tropical Medicine, reaffirms its commitment to public health and the availability of the community of tropicalists to act, alongside the Federal Government and the Ministry of Health, in facing the great challenges in the control of endemics and epidemics, as well as in the implementation of new scenarios for the training of human resources and knowledge generation.