For an inclusive health care model

December 2015

In the editor’s note of the latest issue of HCS-Manguinhos,  (vol.22 n.4 Oct/Dez 2015), the scientifical editors, Marcos Cueto and André Felipe Cândido da Silva, call our attention to the  37th anniversary – September this year – of the adoption of the Declaration on Primary Health Care (PHC),


Cover HCS-Manguinhos (vol.22, n.4, Oct/Dez. 2015). Colonia Chapadmalal, Argentina, 1947.

From September 6-12, 1978, over 3,000 delegates from various countries came together for a conference  in Alma-Ata, a city in the former Soviet Union, to discuss and approve the PHC.

Since then, the Declaration, one of the most important documents in the history of international public health, is embeeded in the health policies of international organizations, such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

This document supports more healthcare resources to deprived areas, the recruiting of community healthcare agents, universal access to basic health services and greater emphasis on disease prevention.

In this editor’s note, the editors also show their concern about the drastic funding cuts to Brazilian journals traditionally supported by federal agencies.

“This is an unprecedented cut, which will force journals to curtail their growth and modernization and detract from the national and international visibility we have been achieving,” says the letter.

Despite these difficulties, História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos is continuing to increase its international profile. Recently,  it was included in the Comité Científico Asesor del Sistema de Información Científica Redalyc  an important network for scientific journals in Latin America, which is based in Mexico. The British Academy has also approved a proposal by this journal, in collaboration with the Journal of Latin American Studies, to investigate twenty-first century challenges to academic journals in history, human sciences and social sciences.

Finally, the editors added that this project would not have been successful without the valuable contribution of Paulo Drinot, the coeditor of the Journal of Latin American Studies and associate editor of this journal.

Read the editor’s note in English or Spanish

See the summary of HCS-Manguinhos  vol.22 n.4 Oct/Dez 2015.

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