The novel coronavirus presents a frightening and unprecedented challenge for Brazil as it does throughout Latin America, the United States, and the world. Brazil has surpassed 23,000 cases and 1,300 deaths so far. What happens in Brazil has direct implications for countries and people throughout the region.
Brazil’s response is further complicated by a president who has minimized the severity of the threat. Naomar de Almeida Filho will provide an overview of the crisis in Brazil and across Latin America, and Elize Massard da Fonseca will provide a focus on the controversies surrounding the responses to the crisis, and a reflection on her experience as a researcher.
Naomar de Almeida Filho has degrees in Medicine, Public Health, and Epidemiology. His research is focused on the epidemiology of mental health disorders. He served as the President of the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil (2002-2010), and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.
Elize Massard da Fonseca is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the São Paulo School of Business Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation (EAESP/FGV). Her research is focused on the improvement of governments’ institutional capacity and health policies in Latin America. She was a visiting scholar at CLAS in 2019.