BRAZIL: No More Angel Babies on the Alto


Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes remembers her early days in 1960s Timbauba, Brazil, and describes the rapid decline in infant and child mortality that has taken place in the last 20 years.

It was almost 50 years ago that I first walked to the top of the Alto do Cruzeiro in Timbauba, a sugar-belt town in Pernambuco, Brazil. I was looking for the small mud hut nestled in a cliff where I was to live. It was December 1964, four months after the coup that toppled the left-leaning President João Goulart.

Publication date: 
January 15, 2013
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article