Representatives of various health segments in the states of Pará, Amazonas and Amapá attended this Tuesday on the first day of the regional meeting of the Integra project – integration of national policies on health surveillance, pharmaceutical care, science and technology in health (19)), from 8:00 to 17:00, in the auditorium of the Institute of Health Sciences, Federal University of Pará (UFPA), in Belém.
This is the second phase of the project, promoted by the National Council of Health (CNS), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the National School of Pharmacists (ENF), with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), ENFar and the organizing committee of the Integra project, Silvana Leite, opened the meeting by illustrating all the phases of the project, the importance, the objectives and how the second phase is organized, which includes seven face-to-face meetings in different Brazilian cities, preparatory to the 9th National Symposium on Science and Technology and Pharmaceutical Assistance, September 15 and 16, at the headquarters of Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro.
According to her, the face-to-face phase reaches an audience that for some reason did not have access to the online activities, carried out in the first phase of the project, in 2021. and creative skills. We take advantage of the fact that these people are present here and we identify how they experienced the pandemic and the crucial problems to be addressed in the Unified Health System (SUS), ”she said.
The representatives of the projects, the national, state and municipal health councils and Professor Maria Fãni Dolabela, from the UFPA Pharmacy course, welcomed the meeting. The representative of the CNS, Conceição Silva, said she was happy to participate in the first face-to-face meeting which confirms “the need to strengthen not only the SUS, but also health councils and public policies aimed at health”.
The representative of the Amazon Health Council, Marcos Corrêa, recalled the critical moments that the Amazonian population went through with the collapse of the health system at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2021, with the lack of oxygen in hospitals and to survive to be a patient at risk. “I speak both for the area of prevention and for the area of identification that the pandemic has come to confuse medicine”.
In the afternoon the participants were divided into groups for the collective construction of an intervention proposal for the strengthening of the National Policy for Science, Technology and Innovation in Health, the National Policy for Pharmaceutical Assistance and the National Policy for Health Surveillance , which will be presented at the end of the meeting, Wednesday morning (20). Reading a text on the experience of a pharmacist during the pandemic was the starting point for the dynamics of the meeting, with the aim of provoking a reflection among pharmacists, students, health workers and municipal councilors present.
According to Célia Chaves, from the National Federation of Pharmacists and the executive coordination of the Integra project, this is a very important methodology for social control so that participants can be more proactive and, at the end of the meeting, propose actions to combat the causes of problems at local and national level. “The idea is to stimulate debate and identify general health problems during the pandemic, describe what you think is important to address and identify the causes of these problems,” she said.
After Belém, the face-to-face meetings of the Integra project will take place on 5 and 6 May in the cities of Belo Horizonte (MG); Fortaleza (CE), from 19 to 20 May; Rio Branco (AC), 2 and 3 June; Goiânia (GO), on 23 and 24 June; São Luís (MA), July 7 and 8 and Florianópolis (SC), July 14 and 15.
About the project
Proposed in 2021, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Integra project stems from the need to mobilize the population to cope with the health, social and political problems experienced in this period and in the near future. The aim is to promote strategies for the integration of policies and practices in health surveillance, pharmaceutical care, science, technology and innovation in health in the context of participatory management and social movements. The idea is to create and strengthen an integrated cross-sectoral network of leaders who can work collaboratively to advocate for the development of science, public policy, national sovereignty and social control over health.
The first phase was carried out in 2021, with a 40-hour online training on the E-farma platform, lasting eight weeks and supported by tutors, for over 700 people from all Brazilian states. The objective was the construction of local intervention projects, after diagnosis and identification of problems, focused on strengthening local policies.