Rosália Santos Sá

I am a soteropolitana: I was born in Salvador, the capital of the State of Bahia. It is known as Terra da Felicidade, the first capital of Brazil. As the firstborn of a young couple who had six children, my parents say I was a quiet, shy, obedient and disciplined child. I acquired a love for reading early. Comic books and children’s books were my childhood companions. I also love music (I listen to it all day long). I believe it is what gives me energy and makes my day lighter. When I was a child, I found it fascinating, almost magical, to see someone typing, and I believe that was what made me choose to be a Technical Secretary. I started my working life as soon as I finished the technical course. I worked for seven months in the billing sector of an emergency medical clinic in my neighbourhood, before becoming an office assistant for four years in a laboratory supplies trading company. After that, I resigned to work as the secretary in a music production company; more specifically, in the carnival sector, with electric trios, bands, records, micaretas (carnival parties out of season) and political campaigns, bringing joy all over the country for thirteen years. All that brought me vast experience in several areas. I was an administrative and financial assistant in a dental business for three years and a receptionist in a polyclinic for three years, until 2006 when I entered the world of research projects, where I still am nowadays. I am excited to work as the project administrator in the Brazil team of ECLIPSE.

ECLIPSE is a multicentre, intercultural action research project that addresses Cutaneous Leishmaniasis from a sociocultural perspective in endemic regions of Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. In Brazil, its field activities are concentrated in the state of Bahia, in the municipalities of Valença, Presidente Tancredo Neves and Teolândia, especially in rural areas.