[International cooperation: drugs donated by the Brazilian government, 2005-2016Cooperación internacional: donaciones de medicamentos del gobierno brasileño entre el 2005 y el 2016]



Ribeiro AA, Lupatini EO, Dos Santos DG.


Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2018 Jul 20;42:e67. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2018.67. 2018.


OBJECTIVE: To perform a survey of international drug donations by the Brazilian government from 2005 to 2016, identifying the number of drug units donated and the corresponding financial amount. METHOD: This descriptive and exploratory study used secondary data available at the Brazilian Health Ministry’s Materials Management System (SISMAT). The following information was retrieved: requesting country, year of donation, drug donated, number or pharmaceutical unit donated, and corresponding amount (in Brazilian reais). RESULTS: During the study period, 66 554 892 pharmaceutical units were donated, corresponding to R$ 84 371 308.72 (US$ 25 505 235.70). Drugs were donated to Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guiana, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Libya, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, and Suriname, countries from the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). No distribution pattern was detected in quantitative terms. Peaks in the number of drugs donated were recorded in 2008, 2011, and 2012, with the largest number of countries receiving donations in 2006 (n=13) and 2012 (n=14). Drugs were donated for the treatment of HIV/Aids, malaria, leishmaniasis, diabetes, cholera, schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, influenza, opportunistic diseases, immunizations, nutrition support, and health conditions associated with natural disasters. CONCLUSIONS: The drugs donated by the Brazilian government included mostly antimicrobial agents used for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases. Further studies are suggested to correlate public health interventions with the donation of drugs as a means to promote the sustainable economic development of the recipient countries.

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Link/DOI: 10.26633/RPSP.2018.67