About Adele

Adele S. Benzaken is the Director for STI, HIV/Aids and Viral Hepatitis Department of the Ministry of Health of Brazil, she works primarily in the field of STI prevention, control and treatment, being a permanent consultant of PAHO as well.

Adele S. Benzaken graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Amazonas (1978). Made her residency (1980) and expertise (1985) in Gynecology. PhD in Public Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (CPqL & MD / Manaus). She was also a director of Tropical Dermatology and Venereology Foundation Alfredo da Matta in Manaus, Amazonas, in the period from 2007 to 2010. Member of the Expert Panel on STIs including HIV, World Health Organization (WHO) from December 2008 to July 2013. Official Program office of the UNAIDS / Brazil in Brasilia from April 2012 to November 2013 and currently Director of the Department of STI / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Ministry of Health of Brazil. She is also an Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and is a Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Validation of Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted by PAHO. Dr. Adele Benzaken works primarily with STI and Aids assistance, prevention and control.

This speaker will be presenting at the following session(s)

  • Strategic direction 1: strategic information for focused action

    Golden Hall

    Day: 1 November

    Time: 13:30

    The Summit’s agenda takes the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis (GHSS) - and its 5 strategic directions - as its framework. In this plenary session, strategic direction 1 looks at advocacy, political commitment and national planning.

    Chairs: Dr. Leolin Katsidzira, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and Tatjana Reic, European Liver Patients’ Association


    • Global viral hepatitis situation and response.

      Dr. Marc Bulterys, World Health Organization

    • WHO country profiles report.

      Prof. Sharon Hutchinson, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    • The power of people: integrating civil society in the global hepatitis response.

      Raquel Peck, World Hepatitis Alliance

    • The role of liver societies in the global viral hepatitis response.

      Anna Lok, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

    • Country level experience of using strategic information to inform their national hepatitis response. 
      Myanmar - Patient registries and serosurveys
      Zimbabwe - Rapid assessments: Dr. Leolin Katsidzira, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences
      Vietnam - Sentinel surveillance
      Brazil – Scaling-up treatment services: Dr. Adele Benzaken, Ministry of Health, Brazil
    • Q&A session.

    Session objectives:

    To highlight

    • The role and importance of strategic information in planning and monitoring national responses.

    • The priority actions for countries and role of WHO in supporting countries.

    • The latest data on the global viral hepatitis situation and response.

    • Progress made in integrating civil society in the global viral hepatitis response and on global awareness activities.

    • Country examples demonstrating the important role of strategic information for focused action.