Adele Schwartz Benzaken


Director of the Department of STI, HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Ministry of Health of Brazil

Adele is a MD PhD, graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Amazon, in 1978, and PhD in Public Health by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). She has been working with STI and HIV prevention, control and care since 1983.
Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization since 1995 and member of the Global EMTCT Validation Committee of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean, currently.
She was a Program Officer of the UNAIDS Brazil (April/2012-Nov/2013) and member of the Expert Panel on STIs, including HIV, at WHO (Dec/2008 – July/2013). Financed by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she has been working with indigenous communities in the Amazon, introducing syphilis and HIV rapid tests (2008-2011). Director of the Foundation of Tropical Dermatology and Venereology Alfredo da Matta in Manaus between 2007 and 2010. From 1998 to 2000, she was coordinator of the FUAM National Reference Center for STI training in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Voluntary worked with projects of STI /HIV/AIDS prevention for sex workers, financed by the Partners of the Americas in August 1993; by ESSOR (France) and the Ministry of Health in 1994 to 1996. Worked with sex workers at the Mac Arthur Foundation, in Manacapuru during 1998 and 2004.
Founder and Coordinator of AMAVIDA, voluntary in a NGO that fights against HIVAIDS in the beginning of the epidemic in Amazon for 7 years (1989 – 1996).