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.
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.
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
I recently wrote about my personal experience of a nationwide protest in Brazil. But what of this movement for a new politics in Brazil? Will it succeed? Can the country drag itself out of its current political turmoil?
With yesterday’s protests in Brazil, the media delighted in drawing attention to the few pockets of violence. What they neglected to report on was how much positive energy filled the demonstrations across the rest of country
Some reflections from the airport, ahead of my big adventure, on what I love about Brazilians....