Brazil's Vulnerable Left Behind in the Pandemic

Author
Nicole Froio
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)
Abstract
As numbers of COVID-19 cases in Brazil steadily rise into the thousands, favela community leaders in vulnerable communities have raised concerns about the difficulties of complying with preventative measures in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas because of the lack of consistent water services. President Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-science response to the global pandemic, which has included calling the virus a “little flu” and urging businesses to re-open despite World Health Organization advice, has worsened the situation for vulnerable communities in Brazil.
Topic
Health, Inequality, Public Health, Pandemic
Political Geography
Brazil, Latin America