I am a black woman from Bahia who is interested in investigating and understanding poverty-related diseases, especially tuberculosis and leprosy. In addition to our studies, the literature indicates that neglected diseases/poverty has COR and affect the majority black population. They are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality from these diseases. Participating in the ECLIPSE project will enable me to understand more of a disease marked by negligence in the affected populations.
I am an adjunct professor at the Institute of Collective Health/Federal University of Bahia, member of the faculty of the Graduate Program in Collective Health of the Federal University of Bahia and Vice-coordinator of the Integrated Program of Epidemiology and Impact Assessment on Population Health (ISC/UFBA). Post-doctorate (2018) by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ); Master (2011) and PhD (2016) in Collective Health from the Institute of Collective Health of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and holds a degree in Biomedicine from the State University of Santa Cruz (2007).
The group I lead is formed by undergraduate and graduate students, mostly brown or black who face racism in everyday life. In relation to the line of research and extension activities in health of the black population, the actions are consolidated, with current insertion, five doctoral students, three master’s students and six students of scientific initiation, who develop research and extension activities on neglected diseases in populations in vulnerable situations, such as homeless population and quilombolas.
In addition, part of the group held health education workshops and activities with adolescents and young people from a peripheral neighborhood of Salvador – BA. Each meeting has enabled the exchange of knowledge about public health, prevention/treatment, exposure factors of the diseases addressed and health promotion in populations in vulnerable situations. With a jovial and accessible language, university students and/or invited speakers have shared knowledge contributing to adolescents and young people becoming multiplying agents in the communities they live in.
I also teach a course in the collective health degree of ISC/UFBA in which the field of practices were quilombola communities of Ilha de Maré (Salvador-BA). In the conduct I had the possibility to see and understand on site the living and health conditions of this population
I have contributed to the undergraduate and graduate education of the Institute of Collective Health by participating and leading studies that have an academic and social impact, especially directed to the most vulnerable groups in our society, such as the project “Living conditions of traditional Afro-Brazilian communities (quilombolas and communities of terreiro): a geospatial and socioeconomic analysis”.
I am really excited to be involved in the ECLIPSE project.