United Nations Human Rights Council


Hazel Lincy

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Topic A: The Right to Health

Despite its constant association with viruses, diseases and poverty to match, Brazil proudly boasts outstanding success when it comes to our national health system. Brazil aims to provide healthcare for all under the Sistema Unico de Saude (SUS), a struggle which began as early as 1964 and was consolidated in the constitution in 1988. This constitution not only guarantees universal access to health but also strives for equality in access. Yet, these ambitious goals have faced challenges to match but have also managed to reform accordingly.

In 1996, Brazil engaged in measures of reform by decentralizing their health care into the domain of municipalities while preserving universality. This effort saw the health care program reaching a greater amount of the ...