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This issue of CSP discusses the current water supply crisis in Brazil. The article is by Léo Heller, a renowned researcher in the field of Environmental Sciences, who states, "The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation was explicitly recognized by resolutions of the UN General Assembly" (p. 447). He emphasizes that restrictions on water consumption will affect primarily the most vulnerable, namely the poor, children, and the elderly. And he warns of the risk of contamination of our drinking water when the distribution is intermittent. Recalling that wealthier segments of the population can protect themselves by purchasing water or drilling wells, the right to safe water and sanitation demands that the public sector defend exactly those with the least lobbying power.

The Editorial is by Francisco I. Bastos, who received a special tribute in our recent 30th anniversary celebration as editor, consultant, and author. The theme is the editor's choice, on the article entitled The Current State of Play of Research on the Social, Political and Legal Dimensions of HIV (p. 477-486). A thoughtful reading is worth the while, since as Chico says in his editorial, referring to the article: "...we live in an intolerant and aggressive world, not only for various minorities" (p. 445). And he continues: "I witness... in my daily work... aggression against drug users (the population I work with), homophobic and racial violence, and abuse of women" (p. 445). The editorial is not optimistic, but the author issues an essential call to all of us: let us not be seduced by the sirens' song, which fools and kills. Let us reclaim the skill and art of epidemiology!

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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

Cadernos de Saúde Pública/Reports in Public Health (CSP) is a monthly journal published by the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. The journal publishes original articles in the field of Public Health, including epidemiology, nutrition, health planning, vector ecology and control, environmental health, and social sciences in health, among other related fields (for more details, see instructions to authors). All articles are carefully reviewed by the CSP editorial staff, organized on the basis of the peer review system.

CSP is currently one of the main sources of information in Latin America on the Public Health scientific field. The journal’s periodicity and regularity, combined with the quality of its graphics and careful selection of articles, have ensured its broad dissemination in both the academic and scientific community and health services, both in Brazil and abroad. Aimed at expanding the potential for disseminating the articles published in the journal, CSP is listed in the main international literature indexes, and the articles are also available online through the SciELO project (Scientific Electronic Library Online).
The papers are published under a CC by-nc license, which allows third parties to remix, adapt and create work derived from the licensed work, as long as there is no commercial use, and giving due credit.

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