Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
PORTO, Marcelo Firpo de Souza. Health, environment and development: reflections on the COPASAD experience - Pan-American Conference of Health and Environment in the Context of Sustainable Development. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 1998, vol.3, n.2, pp.33-46. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81231998000200004.
This article presents a reflection on the relationship between health, environment and development the in the context of Public Health, as well as the possibilities of implementation of public policies in Brazil related to this broad thematic. The article uses as reference a critical evaluation of the Brazilian experience with the Pan-American Conference of Health and Environment in the Context of Sustainable Development (COPASAD). This experience reflects the magnitude, complexity and urgency of environmental questions to the public health field, reinforcing aspects of epistemological and methodological nature, such as the discussions about the new paradigms of science, interdisciplinary and intersectorial actions. On the other hand, the article verifies the precariousness of the Brazilian society and government in all levels and sectors, including the health sector, to give priority and implement integrated policies and actions.
Keywords : Public Health; Environment; Sustainable Development.