Brazil gov’t investigates Facebook over privacy violations

The National Consumer’s Secretariat (Senacom), an agency linked to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security, has opened a new inquiry against Facebook over supposed privacy violations against privacy and the protection of data of users and other individuals. Facebook has ten days to reply to the notification. If the breaches are proved, the company may have to pay a fine of $2.4 million. Senacom probes into abuse in the treatment of sensitive data, like health information, like users’ heart rates and menstrual cycles, the contents of private messages and…

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Brazil’s official inflation down to 2.49% a year

The National Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA), Brazil’s official inflation gauge, saw a deflation of 0.04 percent in September this year. The rate is lower than the inflation reported in August (0.11%) and September last year (0.48%). As per figures released today (Oct 9) by Brazilian statistics institute IBGE, the country’s official inflation stands at 2.49 percent year-to-date and 2.89 percent month-on-month. Deflation in September was mainly driven by a 0.43 percent slip in food and drinks prices. Other groups with deflation include communication (0.01%) and household articles (-0.76%). Health…

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Brazil plans to raise number of cities welcoming Venezuelans

The Brazilian government wants to expand the number of cities welcoming Venezuelan immigrants and refugees. A protocol of intentions was signed Wednesday (Oct 2) in the presence of nine cabinet ministers, the National Confederations of Municipalities, and representatives from three United Nations (UN) agencies dealing with population (UNFPA), migration (IOM), and refugees (UNHCR). The government’s goal is to distribute Venezuelans also across non-capital cities, with further opportunities for integration. By August, Brazil had 14,643 refugees and immigrants from the neighboring countries in over 250 municipalities. Upwards of 9 thousand immigrants…

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Brazil has world’s largest public organ transplant system

Eleven years ago, Renata Vilela, 34, was born again. Her second birth was possible after her godmother Andrea Reusing donated a kidney for the transplant. The procedure was carried out free of cost at the Kidney and Hypertension Hospital, a public hospital in São Paulo. According to the Brazilian Organ Transplant Association, the country ranks second in the absolute number of transplant. It is also the globe’s biggest transplant system, as per data from the Health Ministry. Today, approximately 95 percent of procedures held countrywide are financed by Brazil’s public…

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UN awards Brazil for tobacco control and lower road death rate

Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta received the United Nations (UN) Interagency Task Force Award in New York on Monday (Sep 23). The accolade recognizes measures by the Brazilian government to fight tobacco and reduce deaths stemming from traffic accidents. In the last 12 years, the number of smokers in Brazil plunged 40 percent from 15.6 percent in 2006 to nine percent in 2018. From 2010 to 2017, the country slashed the number of traffic-related deaths by 17.4 percent—from 42,844 to 35,374 deaths. The award is said to come to…

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Bolsonaro’s trip to New York pending medical approval

President Jair Bolsonaro will undergo another evaluation by the medical team of Dr. Antonio Macedo next Monday (Sep 20) before confirming his trip to New York for the opening ceremony of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Dr. Macedo was in charge of Bolsonaro’s last three surgeries to treat the injury from a knife attack he suffered last year during a campaign rally. “The president’s recuperation has been very good. By all accounts, [the doctor] will give his confirmation and we’ll fly to New York on [September]…

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Bolsonaro resumes post as president

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived at the Alvorada presidential residence on Monday afternoon (Sep 16) after being discharged from São Paulo’s Vila Nova Star hospital, where he underwent a surgery to fix an abdominal hernia on September 8. Bolsonaro told journalists waiting by the entrance of the residence that he would resume his duties on Tuesday (17) and sanction a bill expanding gun possession in rural properties. The measure was approved on August 21 and is pending presidential approval. When asked whether he would veto any item in the bill,…

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Brazil not burning forest, Ernesto Araújo says in US

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo in Washington on Wednesday (Sep 11) challenged the reports from environmentalist institutions holding Brazil accountable for part of the country’s environment crisis. During an address at the Heritage Foundation, in the US capital, the chancellor said that Brazil “is not burning the forest,” adding that the fires are “within the historical average.” The blazes in the Amazon account for merely “two percent of carbon dioxide emissions across the world.” “Even if we admit that carbon dioxide emissions directly control temperature, Brazil is not the culprit,”…

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Bolsonaro recovers, to resume presidency Friday

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s health state saw an improvement and he should resume his post on Friday (Sep 13), as expected. Bolsonaro went on a leave on Sunday (8) to undergo a surgery on an incisional hernia in the abdomen. This was his fourth operation since he suffered a knife attack at a campaign rally in September last year. Vice-President Hamilton Mourão has served as acting president. “[Bolsonaro] will resume the presidency tomorrow,” his spokesman Otávio Rêgo Barros said at a press conference on the state of the president, who…

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Brazil joins int’l patent and trademark network

Brazil’s National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) on Tuesday (Sep 3) signed a deal with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office a deal to join online business platform IP Marketplace. The agreement was inked at the opening ceremony of the 11 Academic Meeting on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, in Rio de Janeiro. INPI President Cláudio Vilar Furtado told Agência Brasil that all world authorities tasked with patent grants, trademark registration, and other assets linked to industrial property—like software and geographic indications—have been allowed to grant property rights by the state.…

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Brazil conducts Latin America’s most thorough study on health

Brazil’s government statistics agency (IBGE) on Monday (Aug 26) the collection of data for the National Health Survey 2019 (Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde 2019, PNS in the original). Altogether, 1,200 interviewers will visit 108.5 thousand households across 2,167 Brazilian municipalities. This is the second survey of its kind. The PNS was first carried out in 2013, in joint efforts with the Health Ministry. This is reportedly the most comprehensive health survey ever executed in Latin America. PNS manager Maria Lúcia Vieira said it aims to depict Brazil’s health care landscape…

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Brazil sees sharp reduction in number of smokers

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, of which Brazil is a signatory, has helped speed up the reduction in the number of smokers in the country, which already had been seen in previous years. The statement was made by Tânia Cavalcante, a doctor at Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (Inca) and the executive secretary with the National Commission implementing the convention. The convention is the first international health treaty aimed at curbing the world tobacco epidemic. According to Vigitel, a phone-based survey on chronic diseases by the…

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Outlook for AIDS patients more than doubled in Brazil

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The outlook for Brazilian AIDS patients more than doubled after Brazil started adopting public policies against the disease. A study published Tuesday (May 28) by the Health Ministry shows that 70 percent of adult patients and 87 percent of children diagnosed between 2003 and 2007 survived for over 12 years. In 1996, before the ministry offered universal treatment to HIV/AIDS patients, the outlook was estimated at about five years. The study surveyed 112,103 adult patients and 2,616 children across the country from 2003 to 2007. Of this total, 70 percent…

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WHO praises Brazil’s move against int’l tobacco firms

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Brazil was praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control after the government of the Latin American country demanded major tobacco manufacturers compensation over public health costs for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases, as described in a note issued last week in Geneva. A role model “We applaud the bold decision by the Brazilian government to seek refund from multinational tobacco companies for the social and economic costs arising from the suffering and the treatment for tobacco-related diseases. It will benefit the Brazilian population greatly,” said…

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Brazil officially leaves Unasur to join Prosur

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Brazil has officially withdrawn from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) to become a member of the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur). The decision was officially announced Monday (Apr. 15) by Brazil’s Foreign Ministry to the government of Ecuador, where the bloc headquarters are located. According to international rules, however, Brazil must remain in the group for another six months. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry – AGÊNCIA BRASIL   “In April 2018, the governments of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru jointly decided to suspend their participation…

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Brazil abolishes over 13 thousand federal posts

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One month after the presidential decree that eliminated 21 thousand commission-paid posts, duties, and bonuses at federal level, the Bolsonaro administration announced the end of 13,231 posts. Targeted this time are federal administration positions already vacant or to be made vacant in the coming months. Agricultural machine operator is one of the posts made obsolete – Tony Oliveira/CNA/Direitos Reservados   More than 93 percent of these posts are already reported as vacant. Only 916 will be emptied by the agencies that control them. Government advisers said that the duties assigned…

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Brazil to revise Petrobras’s gas monopoly

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Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said Thursday (Apr. 11) that the government will open the natural gas market for the competition. Petrobras’s exclusive participation in most activities linked to gas imports and production goes against the interest of consumers. “We see that this monopoly is not a health thing, especially for the development of the sector for consumers,” Albuquerque said, listing the accomplishments and projects of the ministry in the first hundred days of the Bolsonaro administration. Bento Albuquerque said the Brazilian government is also considering ways to…

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São Paulo announces business office in China

São Paulo Governor João Doria announced the opening of a business office in the Chinese municipality of Shanghai. The announcement was made after a meeting with China’s Ambassador to Brazil Yang Wanming this week at the seat of the São Paulo state government. From August 3 to 10 this year, a commission is set to fly to China and visit Beijing and Shanghai for the inauguration of the premises, aiming to facilitate the promotion of trade, investment, and exchange in several fields. This will be the first commercial office of…

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Brazil to send two planes to Mozambique with aid

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The Brazilian government to dispatch two Hercules C-130 airplanes of the Brazilian Air Force to Mozambique with humanitarian aid. The decision was made alongside the International Interministerial Work Group, spearheaded by Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations. The initiative is implemented by means of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and comes in the context of the aftermath of cyclone Idai, which assailed the African country on March 14, with gushes of wind upwards of 170 km/h, a note released by the ministry says. The phenomenon brought along with it floods and left…

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Brazil planning to regularize situation of Cuban doctors

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Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said that the ministry plans to regularize the situation of approximately 2 thousand Cuban doctors that stayed in Brazil after the Cuban government’s departure from Brazil’s More Doctors program. “They’re facing the conditions of an exile,” Mandetta argued. During a Wednesday (Mar. 27) public hearing with the Senate’s Commission for Social Affairs, Mandetta explained that the initiative comes as part of a yet unfinished proposal to revamp the More Doctors program, which aims at bringing health agents to underserved regions in Brazil. Changes are…

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