Category: Public Health and Equity

Why Brazil Responded to AIDS and Not Tuberculosis

You are probably familiar by now with the famous “Brazilian AIDS Miracle.” A strong, highly centralized AIDS bureaucracy, the incorporation of a well organized civic movement and strong…

What Brazilian Mothers Believe

One Brazilian mother was embarrassed because her children were thin. She thought family and neighbors would think she could not provide enough food for her children…

Universal Health Care

Brazilian babies are getting more of a chance to grow up these days. Older folk are living longer. Between 1998 and 2004, life expectancy for newborns was extended 3.7 years in Brazil. Men and…

Health Inequalities in Brazil

As the fifth-largest nation in the world, Brazil is diverse not only in culture but is also clearly marked by social disparities. While the melodic rhythm of the Portuguese language and…

The Brazilian Fight Against AIDS

The dramatic beginnings of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s were characterized by ignorance, fear and lack of solutions. Since the 1990s—the turn of the century—and in the new 00 decade…

Beyond Violence

Sitting across from her, I wondered how, after the 23 years she had lived, she still looked so young. Her fragile frame had survived the deaths of her mother, father, brother and cousin. In…

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