Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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KALK, Andreas. Cooperation between an NGO and "host" states in the control of leprosy in Latin America. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.2, pp. 663-666. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2003000200033.
The proliferation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can be considered the result of the inability of the current democratic system to perform all the tasks desired by its citizens. Although NGOs often do quite positive work, they tend to diminish governmental power and are capable of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. In this context, there are efforts to control their activities, and this control can produce both negative effects (blocking the defense of human rights) and positive ones (correcting the lack of coordination in the work by NGOs). NGOs working with the control of leprosy have a long history of cooperation with "host" states in Latin America. In the worst cases they work in a vacuum left by the state. In a country like Brazil, where the government prioritizes the control of Hansen disease and community participation in the political process - NGOs generally work "in harmony" with national authorities. The most useful contribution to state efforts has been the technical and financial support for training health personnel, supervision, and awareness-raising campaigns. Thus, the NGO becomes "quasi-governmental" in performing its tasks.
Keywords : Non-Governmental Organizations; Technical Cooperation; Leprosy.