On this Friday (24th) night, Carlos Neder, a physician and founder of the Partido dos Trabalhadores, died at the age of 67. The politician, also known for defending the Unified Health System (SUS), had been hospitalized since August 8 at Hospital São Camilo, in São Paulo, due to complications from covid-19. In recent days, he had to be intubated and admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The information was confirmed by Coletivo Cidadania Ativa, of which Neder was a member. “Friends, with deep pain, we communicated that our great companion Carlos Neder, friend and political reference for generations, left us on this date. We offer our solidarity to his family, which we love so much and who took care of Neder with all the love and dedication,” said the group. The collective also informed that there will be no wake due to the pandemic.
Who was Carlos Neder?
From Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, during the military dictatorship, he was one of the dissenting voices of the regime. Throughout his life, he was the unrestricted defense of public health.
One of the founders of the PT, Neder had a master’s degree in Public Health from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), was a councilor in the city of São Paulo four times and a state deputy twice. Between 1990 and 1992, he was the Municipal Health Secretary for Luiza Erundina.
During his political life, he was the author of more than 60 laws, such as the health management councils, CEUs, municipal parks and others related to reception in health units, encouragement of breastfeeding, hearing health, sickle cell anemia, CIPAs and the People’s Bank.
Read the full note from Coletivo Cidadania Ativa:
“Friends, with deep pain, we communicated that our great companion Carlos Neder, friend and political reference for generations, left us on this date. We offer our solidarity to your family, which we love so much and who took care of Neder with all the love and dedication.
Victim of covid-19, Neder was hospitalized since the 8th of August. He walked a path of struggles and dreams that he built so well and represented since the 1970s with popular health movements, in defense of the SUS. Part of the result of a genocidal policy that led to the death of more than 590,000 loved ones.
Generous, boring, empathetic, respectful, committed, shy, loyal, attentive, persistent, stubborn, intelligent.
He left his legacy in the history of the State of São Paulo, defending education, science, popular agrarian reform. He revolutionized the capital as Health Secretary of the Luiza Erundina government, expanding services while strengthening the instruments of democracy and popular participation in politics. He was one of the founders of the PT and dedicated himself to fighting for the party’s historic banners.
Neder lives in us, because we are a political project that insists on guaranteeing a life with rights, just as he did.
– We inform you that there will be no wake, in view of the need to not promote agglomerations. May our thoughts of peace and gratitude reach all family and friends.
We thank everyone for their solidarity.
September 25, 2021
Active Citizenship Collective”
Edition: Douglas Matos