My reflections on the healthcare system in Brazil, what we could learn from Brazilians, and perhaps most importantly, what I learned about myself!
Today, I had one of those moments after which you can sit back, sigh and say to yourself: "faith in humanity: restored!" This is just a little snippet from my day here in Recife, but something that I really wanted to share with you.
Too often, when we visit developing countries, we think more about what we could do to help rather than what we could learn from them. The Western world could learn a great deal from the efficiency of countries with limited resources and this is something I've been trying to think about a lot during my time here in Brazil.
Recife is the Jewish-Caribbean-Venetian-Silicon Valley of Brazil. Here’s some facts about this enchanting city that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with since starting my research project here.
As you already know, I'm here in Brazil working on a project to do with neurological complications of the Zika virus. Here's an idea of what my day-to-day routine is like, or my "dia-a-dia" as they say in Brazil. 6:00 – Wake up to go for a run while the outside temperature is still bearable. Without doubt, this … Continue reading A typical workday in Recife: my Brazilian “dia a dia”
I recently visited an indigenous tribe in Brazil with a group of family doctors. These are my thoughts on how we can support the health of their community.
Last week I visited an indigenous tribe along with a group of Brazilian GPs. This has to have been one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I feel exceptionally lucky to have been invited to take part!
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a neurological condition that I'm researching here in Brazil. But what exactly is the link with the Zika virus?
I've written about how Brazil is a huge country with enormous variety when it comes to culture - each state has a really different feel from the next. With that in mind, I thought I'd better tell you a little about the state that I'm traveling to: Pernambuco. Pernambuco is particularly rich in history, being … Continue reading An introduction to Pernambuco: the part of Brazil that I’m visiting
Last night, my Dutch research colleague and I stumbled across a tiny bar in a residential part of town. The sort of place that only locals would ever know about and that probably rarely had clientele from outside this particular 'bairro' of Recife, let alone abroad. Informal but full of character, a perfect street-corner ‘boteco’ … Continue reading Europeans, monkeys and beer-induced poetry