RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It takes about 8 hours to reach the Guató indigenous community, located in the Pantanal wetlands of Mato Grosso do Sul. Not 8 hours by car, but 8 hours by boat. And a fast boat, says chief Osvaldo Correia da Costa: "To buy supplies, we need a bigger boat. Then it takes us three days of sailing down the river."
The tricky access complicates the reach of services and communication with other communities. The Special Indigenous Health Secretariat (SESAI) is in charge of the indigenous people's welfare and says that the contact with the outside . . .