Pedro Chequer is a public health specialist and epidemiologist. He completed his studies in medicine at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, obtained a PhD in public health from the University of Sao Paulo, was named an expert in public dermatology health from the National School of Public Health in Brazil and finally, obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Berkeley University of California.

Chequer began his career working in the Amazon region, as a doctor for the Ministry of Health of Brazil. It was in this position where he worked directly with patients and supervised and coordinated projects at the local and regional levels.

Having always worked in the public sector, Chequer served as Director of the National Center of Epidemiology and was Director of the National Program for AIDS for a duration of two terms. Furthermore, he also worked as a representative for UNAIDS in Russia and was coordinator for UNAIDS in Argentina (for the Southern Cone) as well as in Mozambique and Brazil.

Among his many accomplishments, Chequer is known for coordinating the implementation of access to antiretroviral treatment for AIDS in Brazil and for the establishment of a new national surveillance system for life-threatening diseases such as AIDS.