The Brazilian public heath is sad with the loss of Izabel dos Santos. A woman, black, nurse, she was a pioneer in the fight for equity in health and for the human resources for health development. She became a symbol of the effort to scale-up health middle-level personnel education programmes in Brazil and Latin America. Her ideas and leadership guided the development of new paradigms in the movement of innovative health training and health service integration, towards education and citizenship. With more than 50 years dedicated to nursing and its ideals she contributed to the development of policies and programs in the Brazilian health system and WHO.
Honoured in december 2002, with the book "Isabel dos Santos: the art and passion to learn by doing" , Izabel dos Santos was born in the north of Minas Gerais, on March 7, 1927 and died on December 1, 2010 Brasilia.
Mario Dal Poz & Francisco Campos.