On the 17th, the United Nations website in Brazil highlighted the winners of the public call of the Ministry of Health (MS) and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), for the production of materials of communication on prevention of syphilis to be broadcast on Brazilian radio stations. LAIS researchers are among the winners, representing Rio Grande do Norte in a list that also includes the states of Sergipe, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro. (Check the article on the UN website here).

LAIS was competing with the production of researchers Deyse Moura (who is also a doctoral student in Digital Media-Art, in cooperation from UFRN with the Open University of Portugal), Paula Morena (researcher at the Brazilian Hospital Services Company – EBSERH), Paulo Guerra and Ricardo do Carmo (students of the Professional Master’s Program of the Graduate Program in Health Management and Innovation – PPgGIS). The group also counted on the participation of Paulo Santiago, a servant at the School of Music and a master’s student in the Postgraduate Program in Music (PPGMUS), who contributed to the capture of the program’s voices. The modality chosen by the group to participate in the contest was the podcast.

Of the 51 contents received in the initial phase, 16 finalists from 15 educational institutions were selected for the third phase. Of these, the six best contents were elected by the jury of opinion leaders. The public call was attended by 18 states, 35 municipalities and 44 higher education institutions, public and private, from all regions of the country. In addition to a podcast, pieces could be presented in spot and report format.

According to the MS and PAHO / WHO, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan for the dissemination of the six winning contents will be defined later. The winners will also be awarded with the participation, with all expenses paid, in the 12th HIV / AIDS Congress and the 5th Viral Hepatitis Congress (1st STI Congress), which were scheduled for July 20 and 23, 2020, in Belém, Pará, but which have also been postponed due to the international public health emergency and will have new dates announced in the future.

There will be wide dissemination of the 16 finalist works, with special emphasis on the six winners in the spot, report and podcast categories, at the PAHO / WHO Good Practice Laboratory, hosted on the SUS Management Innovation Portal.