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Integration of local health agent in the Family Health Strategy, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, in 2017




Primary Health Care, Family Health, Dengue, Aedes aegypti, Vector Control


Objective. To describe the process of integrating the Agent to Combat Endemic Diseases (ACE) in the Family Health Strategy (ESF). Methods. Cross-sectional descriptive study. Data were collected through a self-administered semi-structured questionnaire, from February to May 2017, in four Family Health Units in the urban region of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Results. 57 Community Health Agents (ACS) and eight ACE participated. All participants reported providing guidance to the resident and 58 carried out mechanical control during the inspection of properties, to avoid and eliminate possible Aedes aegypti breeding sites. As for the integration of ACEs in the ESF, 18 participants highlighted teamwork as a positive aspect; and 15, the lack of autonomy for legal interventions as a negative aspect. Conclusion. The integration of ACE in the ESF is feasible, however, adjustments must be made to enhance the activities in the perspective of shared work on the same territorial basis.




Health Sciences