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Data de publicação: 31/05/2012 - 11:08
Virtual health libraries are a project led by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (Bireme/Paho), along with the Ministry of Health for the expansion of free access to health information. The Institute of Communication and Information Science and Technology in Health (ICICT) coordinates virtual libraries in various subjects, gathering at the Virtual Health Library (BVS Fiocruz) (english). The BVS Fiocruz portal...
Data de publicação: 31/05/2012 - 09:20
Cadernos de Saúde Pública/Reports in Public Health (CSP) - is a monthly journal produced by Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (Ensp). The journal publishes original articles on public health, including epidemiology, nutrition, health planning, ecology, environmental health, and social sciences in health, among other related fields. All articles are carefully reviewed by the CSP editorial board, organized on the basis...
Data de publicação: 31/05/2012 - 09:20
In addition to the Fiocruz Publishing House, which concentrates most of the releases of the Foundation, other units also publish works of scientific nature. Many of these titles are available as free access, in consonance with the policy of knowledge democratization. Fiocruz Publishing House Founded in 1993, the Fiocruz Publishing House aims to spread the scientific knowledge in the areas of public health, giving visibility to research...
Data de publicação: 31/05/2012 - 09:02
1900 - Establishment of the Serum-Therapeutic Institute on May, 25. 1904 -  Beginning of the construction of the Plague Pavilion, Stables, Aquarium and Dove House construction. 1905 - Beginning of the Moorish Pavilion construction. The name of the Serum-Therapeutic Institute is changed to Manguinhos Experimental Pathology Institute. 1907 - Oswaldo Cruz is awarded with a gold medal at the 14th International Congress of Hygiene...
Data de publicação: 31/05/2012 - 08:59
Son of the doctor Bento Gonçalves Cruz and Amália Taborda de Bulhões Cruz, Oswaldo Cruz was born on 5 August 1872 in the city of São Luís de Paraitinga, São Paulo. He lived there until 1877, when his father was transferred to Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the Laure and São Pedro de Alcântara Colleges and at the Dom Pedro II Day School. At the age of fifteen, he was admitted to the Rio de...
Data de publicação: 24/05/2012 - 14:05
Fiocruz develops a range of activities related to the handling, processing, preservation, distribution and dissemination of scientific and technological information needed for actions in public health and science and technology in the health area. Tools for dissemination include scientific publications of international reference, audiovisual productions (especially Canal Saúde and VídeoSaúde), broadcasting programs on public...
Data de publicação: 23/05/2012 - 08:08

To promote health and social development, to forge and disseminate scientific and technological knowledge, to be an agent of citizenship. These are the concepts that have guided Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as Fiocruz), attached to the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America.

Inaugurated on May 25, 1900 under the name of Federal Serotherapy Institute, Fiocruz was given the mission of fighting the great problems of public health in Brazil. Therefore, Fiocruz became a think tank concerned with the Brazilian reality and experimental medicine.

Today the institution is responsible for a range of activities which include research development; highly-regarded 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 the implementation of social programs. It has over 11,000 employees and health professionals with different levels of involvement, a workforce proud of being at the service of life.

Democracy and diversity

Fiocruz is based at a 800,000-square meter campus in Manguinhos, a neighborhood in the northern of Rio de Janeiro city. Around the three historical buildings of the old Federal Serotherapy Institute – the Moorish Pavilion, the Clock Pavilion and the Mews -, are located ten of Fiocruz’s sixteen technical-scientific units and all the technical and administrative support units. The other ones are located in five brazilian capitals (Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife, Manaus, and Curitiba), and in Maputo, Mozambiques's capital .

Apart from these fixed units, Fiocruz is present in the whole country through its proposals on public health policy-making, by supporting Sistema Único de Saúde (Unified Health System, the Brazilian public health system), research activities, scientific expeditions and the reach of its health services and products.

The Internal Congress, with about 300 leaders and representatives elected by the units, is the highest authority in Fiocruz. Under the leadership of the institution’s president, the Congress takes decisions related to strategic matters, such as institutional projects and any change in the Statutes or the Bylaws.


To promote health and social development, to forge and disseminate scientific and technological knowledge, to be an agent of citizenship. These are the concepts that have guided Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as Fiocruz), attached to the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America. Inaugurated on May 25, 1900 under the name of...
Data de publicação: 22/05/2012 - 09:11
The high technological complexity of products and services is a feature of the health sector. Therefore, the relationship between the scientific base of universities and institutes and the pharmaceutical industry is a necessary condition for national technological advance in this segment. One strategy already adopted and consolidated by the countries that are at the cutting edge of technological development and that, from the advent of the...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:55
To fulfill its mission to produce, disseminate and share knowledge facing strengthening of the Unified Health System (SUS), Fiocruz has several publications. They are books, scientific journals, magazines and newsletters, prepared in order to meet the needs of the Foundation's vast and heterogeneous audience.
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:53
Information systems
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:36
VideoSaúde Distributor The VideoSaúde Distributor of Fiocruz carries out research, acquisition, cataloging, treating, production and distribution of audiovisual on health. The collection is available to registered users, including agencies and institutions of the Unified Health System (SUS), private schools, students, NGOs and community organizations, and individual users. The VideoSaúde Distributor is linked to the...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:34
The Fiocruz Libraries Network, coordenated by the Institute of Scientific and Technological Information and Communication in Health (ICICT), gathers thousands of publications adquired since the foundation of the institution, at 1900. The network integrates libraries situated at Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Recife, Brasília and at several documentation centers. The website of the libraries network gathers...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:11
Collaborating Centre for Quality of Care and Patient Safety (Proqualis), linked to the  Institute of Scientific and Technological Communication and Information in Health (ICICT), develops from the fact that one of the most important aspects for the improvement of health care provided to patients and to adopt measures to ensure their safety is dissemination of wide selected, updated and quality information for all involved in the chain of...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:10
Quality assurance
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:08
The reference laboratories of Fiocruz represent a set of services for the diagnosis of compulsory disease reports. Perform laboratory tests of high complexity, associated with the development of research that assists in epidemiological surveillance, health and environmental and clinical care of patients. The activities of these laboratories are associated with research and technological development. Accordingly, they generate knowledge,...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 16:07
Population Health Fiocruz's units offer various health services, always articulated with teaching and research activities. The criteria for treatment varies according to the specially and with the core to which they are linked. In general, it is necessary that patients are referred by other health services, referenced to the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS), and some specialties of the Germano Sinval Faria School Health Center, the...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:51
A patent is a title that grants to its holder the right to exclusive use of an invention for a specified period. In exchange for this monopoly, the invention must be released to the society with the aim to promote development. After the end of that period, the patent becomes public domain, i.e., it may be used by everyone. The research and technological development activities at Fiocruz generated several requests for patent protection, since...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:50
Fiocruz’s Innovation Portfolio  is the first effort to identify and update the results obtained in the innovative research conducted in the institution. According the development prospects of Complex Economic and Industrial Health (CEIS), the project is seeking to leverage social use of these innovations. The idea is transferring knowledge and technology in health through partnerships. The Foundation is gathering projects which...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:48
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation produces kits and reagents for diagnosing several diseases, aiming to meet the endemic and injury control programs from the National Health Foundation (Funasa) and sexually transmitted diseases. Those kits are developed in Biomanguinhos, manufacturing unit that is located in their central campus, in Rio de Janeiro. They are: NAT HIV/HCV It supplements the serology tests offered at the blood centers all over the...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:47
Farmanguinhos, one of the Fiocruz’s production units, guarantees, for brazilian people, the access to essential drugs, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious medicines, painkillers. The Institute support Federal Government strategic programs, producing drugs for endemic diseases, such as TB and malaria, for central nervous system, and for diabetes and hypertension. Among the most important products offered by...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:46
The Immunobiological Technology Institute (Biomanguinhos) guarantees the brazilian self-sufficiency in essential vaccines to respond to public health demands of the brazilian vaccination schedule of the Ministry of Health. The institute is basically oriented to produce vaccines to DTP and Hib, yellow fever,  haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), meningitis A and C, poliomyelitis and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). DTP and...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:44
Biological collections are groups of organisms, or parts thereof, organized to provide information about origin, collection and identification of each of its specimens. At Fiocruz, the oldest collections began to be composed in the early 20th century, when, during scientific expeditions, institutional researchers collected, analyzed and deposited biological material from different regions of Brazil. Currently, there are 33 collections...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:41
Research Ethics Committee The Research Ethics Committee  (CEP) analyzes and evaluates the ethical aspects of experimental projects involving human participants, to ensure the welfare of those involved and the compliance with current legislation. In the CEP Fiocruz, some units of the Foundation have their own committees, with the same responsibilities and prerogatives. Additional information on CEP can be obtained by e-mail
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:40
All technical and scientific Fiocruz's units develop programs for post-graduate studies with doctoral programs and academic or professional master. There are 32 programs, entered in ten areas of evaluation of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). The Foundation also offers several post-graduation courses (specialization, improvement, upgrade and residence), and professional education through the...
Data de publicação: 21/05/2012 - 15:33
Fiocruz has always given support to a public health proposal focusing on a hollistic vision of man as a being that lives in society and in the environment, conditioned by economic, social and cultural circumstances. Therefore, the institution has incorporated, among its best traditions, the work towards the promotion of better living conditions for unassisted and underserved communities and social groups. Involving diverse knowledge and...


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