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The partnership between researchers from the UFBA Institute of Collective Health and young people from the Salvador Rail Suburb is an international headline in Monday’s issue of The Guardian (2). The article highlights, especially, the performance of students in the search for better sanitation conditions in the localities where they live.

In July, the reporting team was in town to follow the “Young Innovators” project and learn about key issues facing communities, such as increased exposure to leptospirosis, dengue and zika. “People are impressed to discover our work as we travel through the neighborhood or territory,” reports 19-year-old student Jonas Nascimento in an excerpt from the article.

The publication emphasizes the importance of contact with the local population when identifying health problems in the communities and the main results achieved with this approach. “In Pau da Lima, for example, monitoring research developed over the years has been valuable in understanding how people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected against the Zika virus,” the text says.

Through the “Young Innovators”, the participating residents receive training in the areas of citizenship, information technology, mapping, and training in health and environment. In total, more than 100 young people have already gone through the project, which also involves about 30 researchers, including students and teachers.

The research is funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the US foundation Bill and Melinda Gates. Promoted by researchers from the Institute of Collective Health (ISC / UFBA), the project also receives the support of the Polytechnic School and the Professor Milton Santos Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (IHAC) of UFBA in the extension actions, with the co-participation of Fiocruz / BA and the University of Liverpool.

To access the full report from The Guardian, click here.