The Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC), a decentralized
unit of the Brazilian National Secretariat of Surveillance in
Health (SVS) - Ministry of Health (MS), is a research institution
located in the Amazon specialized in the areas of Biomedicine,
Public Health and Environment, and has produced scientific knowledge
for more than 70 years.
The project of editing its own scientific journal was launched
in 2007, and showed the Institute’s interest in collaborating
with the process of scientific development of the Amazon. The
region already had great coverage in the areas of Anthropology,
Earth and Agrarian Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Education, Engineering,
Management of Government Institutions, Accounting, Economy, Geography
and Medical Sciences. Nevertheless, there was a lack of studies
in the areas of Biomedicine, Public Health and Environment, which
are exactly the subjects IEC is relevant for.
Therefore, the creation of an official publication to disseminate
researches and investigations in the areas of Biomedicine, Environment,
Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the Pan-Amazonian region
has become really necessary. Its coverage, however, should include
the intellectual production of other institutions from all parts
of Brazil and even international research institutes.
A journal credited by a worldwide known institution, such as
IEC, contributes to the dissemination of the scientific research
produced emphasizing regional subjects, although its scope includes
accepting publications from other regions and countries. This
way, it can broadcast works involving entomological, epidemiological,
ecological, anthropological and socioeconomic studies, as well
as the production of immunobiologicals, laboratorial diagnoses
and other researches related to the environment and people's health.