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Brazil has officially withdrawn from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) to become a member of the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur).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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Brazil to ink deal with US on use of Alcântara Base

The governments of Brazil and the US next week will sign a new deal on technological safeguards allowing the US to use the Alcântara rocket launch base, in Maranhão state. The signing will take place during President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the US, which starts Sunday (Mar. 17). It was announced Thursday (14) during a live broadcast on social media by the president, next to Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo and Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta. Without getting into details on the terms in the agreement, the chancellor said the goal…

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Motivation behind São Paulo school shooting still under probe

São Paulo State Secretary for Public Security João Camilo Pires de Campo, and Colonel Marcelo Salles, military police commander, said on Wednesday (Mar. 13) during a press conference on the massacre at the Raul Brasil school, in Suzano, that the motivation behind the crime is still unknown, but is being investigated by the police. “All these loose ends—the police have to tie them back together now,” the secretary said.   The two gunmen, confirmed as Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and Luiz Henrique de Castro, 25, were former students at the…

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Brazilian public school works to prevent depression, self-injury

Sarah de Aguiar was 13 years old when she started to cut herself. She would have continued to inflict injuries on herself had she not been interrupted by her mother, Weslayne de Aguiar. After promising never to do it again, Sarah asked for help in her school. This is how Projeto Asa started, in 2014, at the Centro Educacional Gesner Teixeira, a public school in Gama city, 42 km away from downtown Brasília.   “When this is your world, you think there’s no one around you who loves you,” she…

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Bolsonaro hopes pension reform is not “dehydrated” in Congress

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In a statement made today (Mar. 7), Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he hopes the overhaul in the country’s pension is not “too much dehydrated” by Congress. The piece of legislation has been submitted to the lower house and awaits the formation of special commissions so proceedings can begin. Changes have already been suggested by party leaders during a meeting with the president last week. “We need to do a reform in the pension system. After all, its deficit is appalling. […] We plan to have the submitted reform approved,…

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River running through Brumadinho shows high level of heavy metals

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The level of copper in the Paraopeba river is up to 600 times the amount allowed in rivers used for human consumption, irrigation for food production, fishing, and leisure activities. This is yet another consequence of the rupture of Vale’s mining dam in Brumadinho, in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. The acceptable limit for copper is 0.009 milligrams a liter (mg/l), but the rate soared from 2.5 to 5.4 mg/l in the 22 samples collected in an expedition along 305 km of the Paraopeba for a Fundação SOS Mata…

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Brazil, Venezuela work out details on returning Brazilians from border

A group of approximately a hundred Brazilians who were being detained in Santa Elena do Uairén, in Venezuela, near the border with the Brazilian municipality of Pacaraima, was allowed to leave the area after long talks between Brazilian and Venezuelan authorities. They were permitted to go back to Brazil yesterday (Feb. 26), according to information from the Brazilian Foreign Ministry. In the group, there are tourists and residents, including children, in addition to truck drivers. First it was announced that only those suffering from health issues would be allowed to…

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Brazil to donate 1 million vaccine doses to Venezuela

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São Paulo–based Butantan Institute, one of the world’s main scientific research center, will donate to Venezuela 1 million doses of the vaccine against flu, and 1.7 thousand laboratory flasks with serum against serpent and spider bites. The announcement was made Saturday (Feb. 23) by São Paulo state Governor João Doria during a ceremony for the expansion and revamp of the institute’s flu vaccine factory. The goal, he said, “is to help the Venezuelan population at a time when the country is facing a serious political and humanitarian crisis.” According to…

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Venezuela ambassador meets with Venezuelans in Brazil

Venezuela’s designated Ambassador to Brazil María Teresa Belandria, who represents the interim government of Juan Guaidó, spent Tuesday (Feb 12) attending meetings in Brasília. She talked to Venezuelans who live in Brazil, oppose the administration of Nicolás Maduro and back Guaidó in his position. The ambassador met with Venezuelans at the TV Tower, one of Brasília’s top landmarks. The assembly was held as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Venezuela both for and against Maduro.   On Monday (11), Belandria met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo and…

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Bolsonaro lists measures taken in first days of gov’t on Twitter

Bolsonaro lists measures taken in first days of gov’t on Twitter

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is recovering 14 days after the surgery in his intestinal tract, conducted at São Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital. Early this morning (Feb. 11), he wrote on Twitter about some of the measures taken by the federal government. “In the first days of government, important projects on health care and housing for those who need them most, this time in Acre, are top priorities, socially reaching tens of thousands of Brazilians,” the president said while showing a video of Caixa President Pedro Guimarães visiting the Hospital Regional…

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Vale plans to boost dry processing to 70% of its output by 2023

Vale reported it has plans to increase the share of dry processing to 70 percent of its production by 2023, with a gradual reduction in the use of dams in operations. The move was unveiled 12 days after the rupture of the tailings dam of Córrego do Feijão, in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, which left over a hundred people killed and missing. Also declared was the investment of approximately $390 million in the implementation of dry stacking technology. The move was unveiled 12 days after the rupture of the tailings…

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Bolsonaro says he is in “full recovery,” feels “happy”

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President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday (Jan. 5) he is in “full recovery” and “happy” to share this feeling with everybody. In a message posted on Twitter, the president wished everyone a great day. He has been in hospital for 11 days, following an intestinal reconstruction surgery. “My health state is in full recovery at the moment, and I’m happy to share this feeling with everybody! One day at a time! Have an excellent Tuesday everyone,” he said. Presidential spokesman Otávio Rêgo Barros said that Bolsonaro was treated with antibiotics after showing…

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