Oswaldo Cruz Foundation an institution in the service of life

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Excellence in public health

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) is recognized both locally and internationally - its most recent prizes include the Order of Scientific Merit, granted by the Brazilian government, and an award granted by the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Its mission is the promotion of health and citizenship. Its activities include teaching, research and production, focusing on technological development and innovations that meet the core needs of the population in the health area.

Fiocruz is the science and technology agency of the Ministry of Health, and an important asset to the Unified Health System (SUS). Its activities are diverse and include clinical and epidemiological research, as well as studies on human, social and life sciences; scientific expeditions; training of human resources, from the technical to the doctorate level; providing hospital-based and ambulatory care services, as well as reference health surveillance; and manufacturing drugs, vaccines, and other strategic input, in addition to subsidizing public policies. It is this array of activities that grants the Foundation its importance not only at a local level, but also at an international level, as it participates in important international exchanges.

Since the time when it was under the management of Oswaldo Cruz, when its name was Federal Serum Therapy Institute, at the beginning of the 20th century, the Foundation has built a successful history in the fight of public health problems. Preserving this memory is one of Fiocruz’s responsibilities, whose headquarters are locatedin the surroundings of Brazil Avenue, district of Manguinhos, in the north of Rio. The 850 sq. meter campus houses the historic buildings of the former Institute, among which is the iconic Moorish Castle, and nine technicalscientific units, in addition to all technical and administrative
units. Aside from this structure, other centers exist in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Manaus, Recife and Salvador. New ones will also be implemented in Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondônia, Piauí and Ceará by 2011. These states already have technical offices and temporary facilities.

Fiocruz laboratories and their production plants all over the country rely on state-of-theart infrastructure. However, human resources are much more important than any cutting-edge equipment. The Foundation employs over ten thousand professionals with different backgrounds. It is due to the efforts of each one of these professionals, along with democratic and participative management, that the Institution has been maintaining its role of excellence in public health for over one hundred years.

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