Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: Health of the Black Population

Racial inequality in Brazil: a look at how race/color affects women in terms of health care


Note from BW of Brazil: The questions of health and health care (along with income and education) are but two of the areas in which quality of life can be … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Woman in Rio loses her second baby after 8 months of pregnancy; blames it on lack of patient care in two hospitals


BW of Brazil: Yesterday on the blog we featured the miracle survival of a baby that was delivered after only five months of gestation and being born at only 622 … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Revolt of the Turbans”: Demands of the black population proclaimed in Rio during historic demonstrations


Note from BW of Brazil: In a week that the Brazilian news magazine Veja referred to as “Os sete dias que mudaram o Brasil (The Seven Days that Changed Brazil)”, the … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black women are ‘stronger’, ‘more resistant to pain’ and other racial stereotypes contribute to unequal medical treatment


Eliane Barbosa da Conceição, researcher: Stereotypes about blacks effect medical treatment If a black woman and a white woman both need emergency obstetric care, the Brazilian physician will choose the … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Brazilian government wants to combat racism in health services rendered to Afro-Brazilians through its national health care system


Minister of Health Alexandre Padilha (far right) and Minister of Racial Equality Luiza Bairros (3rd from left)  Government held an event in Brasília to define health policies for blacks The … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

In the southern city of Porto Alegre, health numbers reflect racial inequality; While 8.2% of white children under the age of five die from HIV, the rate for black children jumps to 54%


Marco Quintana Elaine Soares presented HIV stats data at a seminar in July in the city of Porto Alegre In Porto Alegre, located in the southern state of Rio Grande … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

With 2012 elections coming in October, Brazil’s black community wants specific policies on safety, health and education


Black men and women: Elections 2012 In the upcoming October elections, Brazilians will go to the polls to vote for mayors and city council members in more than 5,500 cities … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · Leave a comment