Thursday , July 29 2021

The government trains health professionals to act against syphilis – the Government of Brazil

As part of a plan to respond quickly to current syphilis levels, the federal government trains 50 health professionals to work in 100 districts in fighting the disease. In addition to this measure, a network of attention has also been made that provides communication measures, strategic information qualifications, strengthening partnerships and expanding the vertical transmission investigations committee of HIV / syphilis and viral hepatitis.

According to the Ministry of Health, strengthening professionals in areas that concentrate 65% of cases occur gradually. "The Project for Rapid Response to Syphilis in the Nursing Network" is part of a partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This action is part of the Syphilis Response Agenda in Brazil, which was launched at the end of 2016.

A disease that has healing, syphilis is treated with the use of penicillin. Assistance to people with this disease is free, guaranteed in the Integrated Health System (SUS). Since 2017, the Ministry of Health has provided medicine on the list of essential medicines (Change Name) and is responsible for purchasing and distribution to the state.


Data from the Epidemiological Bulletin of Syphilis 2018 shows an increase in the detection rate of syphilis obtained, which increased from 44.1 per 100 thousand population in 2016 to 58.1 in 2017. In pregnant women, the registry increased from 10.8 per thousand babies born in 2016, to 17.2 cases per thousand in 2017.

Congenital syphilis increased from 21,183 cases to 24,666 in 2017. The number of deaths from disease is 206 in 2017, compared to 195 in 2016.

Source: Brazilian Government, with information from the Ministry of Health

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