• Organization TypeFoundation
  • HeadquartersBrazil
  • Founded1993


Gestos is a philanthropic organization founded in 1993 by sociologist Acioli Neto, journalist Alessandra Nilo, sociologist Marcia Andrade and social worker Silvia Dantas. The first project developed was supported by MISEREOR and focused on the psychological care of people living with AIDS, as well as the formation of information multiplier agents in the poorest communities of the Recife Metropolitan Region. Since then, they have effectively contributed to guaranteeing the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. About 70% of the people who demanded legal support from the institution had their rights redressed, through injunctions and judgments, which today are even part of the list of jurisprudence on the theme Law and AIDS. Throughout its history, the institution has considered communication as fundamental to the fight against AIDS and has struggled to broaden this understanding in Pernambuco, Brazil and Latin America. This vision consolidated Gestos as the major reference in Communication and AIDS in the country, with special emphasis on discussions on Public Health Communication Policies. They have also helped to form new civil society organizations, such as the National Network of People Living with HIV / AIDS (RNPVHA - 1995), the Positive Working Group - GTP + (2000), the Positive Action Group (2003), the Support for HIV-Positive People (GASP) 2003, Acts of Citizenship (2006). From 2007 to 2011 Gestos created and coordinated nationally and internationally the UNGASS-AIDS Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health, which monitored the implementation of UN agreements in sixteen developing countries. The UNGASS-AIDS Forum has established itself as a space for political discussion on issues related to HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since 2008, Gestos has been the Regional Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of NGOs working on AIDS. They are also an NGO with consultative action with the UN (Ecosoc status).
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Company Offices

  • Brazil (headquarters)
  • Recife
  • Rua dos M├ędicis, 68 Boa Vista