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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Public health care in the State of Rio de Janeiro is still in a crisis, and now officials are warning that they are not prepared to serve the millions of...
By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government’s campaign to curb crack cocaine use that was launched late last year is failing to deliver on its targets. As of the start 2013, the program Entitled...
By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The approach of summer in Rio de Janeiro is known to bring an increased risk of dengue fever. Early 2011 remained dangerous, with 5,500 cases reported in Zona Sul (South...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It looks like crack, but it is much cheaper, four times more lethal and called “oxi” or “oxidado” (rust). It's a cocaine derivative, just like crack, but it contains...
By Sibel Tinar, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – One month after heavy tropical rains struck Northeastern Brazil and caused severe flooding killing over seventy people, the hardest-hit rural regions in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco are still suffering,...
Opinion, by Nicholas Storey RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil gets an undeservedly bad international press in certain respects. This, undoubtedly, deters certain international tourists and it certainly deters some international investors. Maybe the strength of the deterrent can be judged...
By Sarah O’Sullivan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - Jose Gomes Temporao, the national health minister, plans to “radically reform” Brazil’s public health care system. He openly acknowledges the anomaly that is public health, and blames antiquated administrative processes, some...
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