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Research conducted by the Institute of Collective Health (ISC) of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) guides important health policy decisions and programs in Brazil and around the world. Doctoral, masters, professional and undergraduate courses also earn maximum marks for assessments. To celebrate these 25 years of achievements, the ISC held last Friday (4), at the Noble Hall of the Rectory, a special anniversary program, which was attended by professors, students, technical and administrative staff of the university, members scientific society and parliamentarians.

The opening of the event was dedicated to the awarding ceremony of Professor Emeritus to the academic Maurício Barreto, one of the main articulators in the process of creation of the Institute. The title is especially offered to teachers who have a relevant production for UFBA and society. “Mauricio Barreto’s brilliance is also the translation of the strength of this Institute, a representation of the most refined academic academic production,” said the rector of UFBA, João Carlos Salles, during the ceremony.

In addition to the dean, the granting ceremony table was composed by ISC’s director, Isabela Cardoso, Professor Gloria Teixeira, the former dean of UFBA and the Federal University of Southern Bahia (UFSB), Naomar de Almeida Filho, the president Fiocruz, Nísia Trindade, and the Secretary of Health of the State of Bahia, Fábio Vilas-Boas.

During the session, the director Isabela Cardoso highlighted the contribution of Barreto as research leader in the advocacy of the Health Reform and the Unified Health System (SUS). “As an epidemiologist, teacher and great researcher, he has made an outstanding contribution to achieving the level of excellence we have achieved.”


A doctor and professor at UFBA for 35 years, Maurício Barreto is a permanent professor of the Postgraduate Program in Collective Health at ISC / UFBA and coordinator of the Center for Integrating Health Data and Knowledge (Cidacs / Fiocruz Bahia).

The professor’s scientific production can be translated into more than 500 publications, including books and articles in national and international journals. As an author, he is cited in approximately 23,600 scientific papers. A story narrated by Professor Gloria Teixeira, who presented the main works developed by the researcher, such as the use of vitamin A to prevent severe forms of diarrhea in children and the study that pointed to the inefficiency of the second dose of BCG vaccine. “Mauritius is one of the architects of the growth of Brazilian epidemiology,” he said.

Barreto’s career is also shared with his wife Estela Aquino, a professor at ISC / UFBA, who gave a speech in honor of his personal and academic life partner. “This title not only devotes a career of dedication to science, education and the formation of new generations, but the person he is, his ongoing and current struggle for rights and social justice.”

In thanks, the now professor emeritus Mauricio Barreto recalled the performance in the process of creation of the Institute of Collective Health and the maturation of his own academic project and research program within the ISC. “It was at the Institute that I understood the meaning of university, an environment where it is possible to shape, give meaning and articulate the search with the transmission of new knowledge”.

“Health, democracy and civilization”

This was the theme of the lecture given by Professor Jairnilson Paim (ISC / UFBA) and Fiocruz President Nísia Trindade, as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Collective Health Institute.

One of the most active members of the Health Reform movement in Brazil and in defense of the SUS, Jairnilson Paim highlighted the main health reforms throughout history and the current scenario in the face of attacks on democracy. “The civilization they want to steal from us needs to be defended and resumed,” he said.

The professor also spoke about the performance of public health, which highlights the social, and the role of the university in the creation of alternatives that can propose changes thought by research and theoretical reflection. “What we want for health is what we want for Brazilian society.”

Nísia Trindade emphasized the moment of instability for the future of Brazilian public universities, for science and technology. “It is our role to disseminate research that can contribute to a sovereign country, a country with social justice, where civilization is equal to democracy and not its denial,” he said.

After the lecture, retired teachers received a special honor for their role since the founding of the ISC. “You are a subject in the construction of the Collective Health Institute. Utopia that has come true through creative, collective work based on democratic principles and values, health and a fairer society, ”said the inscription on the plaque delivered to the founders.

“Me and ISC” Web Series

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Institute of Collective Health also launched the “Me and ISC” Web Series. The objective is to value the participation of those who helped consolidate the Institute’s role in the field of public health. With each chapter, the production will bring testimonials from teachers, students and staff on different topics covered.

The first video, now available, shows the historical discourse of the sanitary doctor Sérgio Arouca, who marked the 8th National Health Conference in 1986. Now interpreted by Priscila Lima, an undergraduate student at ISC, the video brings to 2019 reflections on the right to health and the role of the state, launched by Arouca decades ago, but still as current as necessary.

The thought of the sanitarist, who helped inspire the foundation of the Institute, is an invitation for the Internet user to know closely the history of ISC, based on academic excellence and social commitment, over 25 years.

The web series is produced by the Audiovisual Laboratory of the Institute of Collective Health. The script is prepared by journalist Egberto Siqueira, with images and editing by Robério Lopes and videography by Gilson Rabelo, Anannda Meneses and Cath Gomes. In total, 10 videos will be screened with different themes, from the foundation to the main studies that put ISC in the international scenario of collective health.