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FUNASA (Fundação Nacional de Saúde - National Health Foundation) was
established by Decree No. 100 issued on 16 April 1991, as a public foundation
depending on the Ministry of Health. FUNASA is the merger of:
- Fundação Serviços de Saúde Pública (FSESP - Public Health Services Foundation);
- Superintendência de Campanhas de Saúde Pública (SUCAM - Public Health Campaigns Superintendency);`
- Secretaria Nacional de Ações Básicas de Saúde (SNABS - National Secretariat of Health Basic Operations);
- Secretaria Nacional de Programas Especiais de Saúde (SNPES - National Secretariat of Health Special Programs).
The aims of FUNASA are:
- disease prevention and control;
- education to health;
- healthcare for demanding populations, especially in North and North-East;
- sanitation and control of endemic diseases;
- scientific and technological research in health.
FUNASA was also involved in the reform of the health system that yielded to the establishment of the Health Unique System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS).
Among the key programs currently pushed by FUNASA are the improvement of housing to control Chagas disease and of freshwater supply and sewerage infrastructure in the towns bigger than 50,000 inhabitants, and of waste management in rural areas.
The flag of FUNASA is white with the foundation's emblem, composed mainly on a white map of Brazil outlined in blue and superimposed with the red writing "FUNASA".
Ivan Sache, 1 May 2020