May 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Disease meets deforestation at heart of Brazil's Amazon

In April, Manaus saw a rise of 578% in the number of people who died from respiratory problems. Home to nearly two million people, Manaus is the seventh-biggest city in Brazil and its most isolated urban centre. During the coronavirus crisis, she says, indigenous communities in the city are being attended to by the public health system, known as SUS. Rural indigenous communities have their own special health service, the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health. With nearly half of Brazil's indigenous communities now in cities, it is not a small problem. "The indigenous in urban areas feel abandoned," says Sonia Guajajara, who heads up the Association of Brazil's Indigenous People.

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