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A Brazilian foreign policy in health? The role of health in Brazilian foreign affairs

Grant number: 15/13926-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 05, 2015
Effective date (End): October 04, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal researcher:Deisy de Freitas Lima Ventura
Grantee:Fernanda Aguilar Perez
Supervisor abroad: Eduardo J. Gómez
Home Institution: Instituto de Relações Internacionais (IRI). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: King's College London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:14/00072-4 - A Brazilian foreign policy in health? The role of health in the Brazilian foreign affairs, BP.DR


Health became recently a subject studied by International Relations analysts, and started being debated as part of countries' foreign policy formulation. Brazil recognizes the importance of health on its foreign policy, signing the Oslo Ministerial Declaration (2007) on Foreign Policy and Global Health and including the theme in different international negotiation contexts, both bilateral - for instance, on the South-South Cooperation with African States - and multilateral - as happens with the Union of South-American Nations or with the India, Brazil and South Africa Dialogue Forum. Moreover, due to the fact that health is a constitutional right in Brazil, the country holds a political framework that encompasses the development of international health cooperation. Establishing the concept of structuring cooperation in public health, Brazil emphasizes cooperation that strengthens sanitary institutions of different countries. The main objective of this study, to be developed at King's College London from September 2015 until August 2016, is to define what a Foreign Policy in Health is, to understand the UK's strategy Health is Global and to analyze if there is a specific foreign policy in health in Brazil, inquiring which are its components, actors and principles. There will be an attempt as well to study if the Brazilian international action in health converges to the principles that the country's Unified Health System underpins. (AU)

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