Stories: Mdgs

  • What the U.S. Can Learn From Brazil’s Healthcare Mess

    On a recent afternoon in Boa Vista, a lower-middle-class neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Noranei Oliveira Miranda waited patiently on a small couch for the local community health workers to arrive. Her aging father, Dirceu, was seated next to her, not as patiently. Trembling and non-verbal, he reared up from the couch and reached in vain for the front door....

  • Brazil’s Abortion Nightmare: Why One Desperate Woman Lied About Rape

    Photo: Conrado Tramontini / Getty Part 1: Unwanted When her home pregnancy test came back positive last August, Juliana panicked. “I saw all of my dreams being destroyed,” she recalled in Portuguese. “And I saw my family pointing at me and saying that I was a failure.” The 20-year-old college student — who asked not to be...

  • Brazil’s Cesarean Section Problem

    This is the third post in a blog series called “Expectations" written by deputy editor of global health Marissa Miley. Expecting a child herself, Miley is reporting in Brazil to better understand how women experience pregnancy and childbirth. Read Part I and Part II. My doctor has not yet broached the topic of my baby...

  • The Site of Several 2016 Olympic Aquatic Events Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

    Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes … “Ew, what’s that smell?” At Ipanema beach in January, the organization Meu Rio staged a protest in an attempt to make it known that thousands of gallons of raw sewage are dumped into the ocean off Rio’s coast...

  • Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

    Gabriela Jancart came to Recife five years ago from the nearby, rural town of Palmares in search of work to support her mother. Her high-school education might have landed her a job in a shop or hotel, if not for one problem: Jancart is transsexual, and she faces prejudice almost everywhere she goes. “Some people throw rocks and...

  • The Struggle to Bring Female Condoms to the Masses Isn’t Just About Design Innovation

    The female condom is more difficult to use than the male condom, it's expensive, women often complain that it feels uncomfortable at first, and perhaps most frustratingly, it's often put on the backburner in favor of male condoms by organizations that promote safe sex. Despite a lot of talk about new innovation, the fact remains that...

  • A Long Wait to See the Doctor in São Paulo

    This is the second post in a blog series called “Expectations" written by deputy editor of global health Marissa Miley. Expecting a child herself, Miley is reporting in Brazil to better understand how women experience pregnancy and childbirth. Read Part I. Thais Soares and Aline Krisna, both 22, have been sitting in the hot, dimly lit...

  • Foreign Doctors Help Poor Brazilians Get a Leg Up

    Just three months ago, the public clinic near Maria Selma Dos Santos’s home didn’t have a single doctor on staff. Prior to that, she could schedule an appointment weeks in advance, only to show up and discover the doctor hadn’t come in that day. “They didn’t seem to want to...

  • Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

    A newborn lies in an incubator at the Perinatal Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after birth via cesarean section. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication, and Borges wanted to follow her example. But...

  • Experts Slam Brazil’s C-Section as Protest Intensifies

    Women’s rights activists on Friday held demonstrations across Brazil and in the country’s embassies in various capitals to demand the right to reproductive health choice. The protest rallies were called following what the protestors say is a forced Caesarean section (C-section) on a 30-year-old woman in the country. Brazil has one of the world&rsquo...