Brazil’s hospitals at risk as weather changes bring more floods

According to the Pan American Health Organization, almost 70% of the 18,000 hospitals in Latin America and the Caribbean are located in areas highly vulnerable to floods, major earthquakes or hurricanes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Last December, when physician Victor Heitor Gomes became health director for Rafard, a municipality 150 km northwest of São Paulo, he knew he had a challenge ahead.

The only clinic in the town of 9,000 had been through hard times: heavy rains in mid-November caused part of a meeting room wall to collapse and a month later more rain flooded parts of the building, including the surgery room and common areas.

The problems forced the clinic to relocate some services to other rooms - and repairing the meter-long hole in . . .

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