Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
GRANGEIRO, Alexandre; SILVA, Lindinalva Laurindo da and TEIXEIRA, Paulo Roberto. Response to AIDS in Brazil: contributions of social movements and the sanitary reform. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2009, vol.26, n.1, pp.87-94. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892009000700013.
This paper briefly outlines how the political scenario and the mobilization of different actors have contributed to the construction of a public health policy in response to the AIDS epidemics in Brazil. Three factors are presented and discussed: the political context of the 1980s, characterized by redemocratization, growth of social movements, and consolidation of the Brazilian health care reform; the socio-cultural context of the 1970s and 1980s, characterized by achievement of individual freedom, which was key to the organization of the AIDS movement; and finally the actions carried out in the international scenario to support the sustainability of the Brazilian domestic policy and the reinforcement of a global response to face the epidemics in lower-middle income economies.
Keywords : acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; historical article; health policy; non-governmental organizations; health care reform.