After decades in isolation without an education, former leprosy colony residents attend classes through a new pilot program.
As new infectious diseases spread worldwide, specialists race to curb the increase of new leprosy cases in Brazil. The lack of expertise leaves locals susceptible to the most severe strains of leprosy.
As the number of COVID-19 victims rises in Brazil, messaging from the country's leaders and inadequate testing have led to denial and undercounting of COVID-19 deaths.
Coronavirus patients in remote areas of Brazil are waiting to take risky flights to get intensive care. When planes arrive to these regions, doctors and nurses on board must provide care in the air.
In this interactive explainer, Luisa Salomón explores central concepts in the study of epidemics and explains how past epidemics like smallpox have ended.
Remnants of colonialism have left many Peruvians distrustful of local and foreign authorities—no matter the intent. In order to fight climate change in a neo-colonial setting, communication is key.
Edna Shanenawa is the first woman to be chief of the Shanenawa people. She is the seventh interviewee in the series, "Voices of the Forest."
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people living with HIV in Peru not only face risk of infection but also hunger and barriers to treatment. Transgender people and migrants have been hit the hardest.
The fourth episode of this series features Sabá Marinho, who recounts the creation of the Alliance between rubber tappers and indigenous peoples.
Pedro Xapuri, who joined Chico Mendes' cause, is the sixth interviewee in this series.
Toya Manchineri lived through slavery in Brazil's rubber plantations. He's the fifth interviewee in the series "Voices of the Forest."
Gomercindo Rodrigues, a lawyer for social movements in the Brazilian Amazon, is the eighth to be interviewed in this series.
Where would you go if you were homeless, and there was no government assistance? In Lima, Peru many are seeking legal titles to homes where their families have lived for decades.
Latin America's first pope derides our "throw-away" culture while offering a stern prescription for environmental protection. Will those who revere him in his native region follow his lead?
Some of the world’s last isolated tribes are poised to make contact with the outside world as illegal loggers, miners, cocaine traffickers and others penetrate their territory.
Why do many species of Amazon birds live at very specific elevations? A biologist comes up with a novel theory about how global warming might upset the natural order.
A country populated by the descendants of African slaves and Indian indentured servants struggles to transcend a history of voting along racial lines.
Patagonia, a region shared by Argentina and Chile, is well known for its unparalled panoramic views, unblemished status and remoteness. What will be the impact of a mega-project for dam construction?
Colombia’s fast growing palm oil industry has been a boon to its economy. But behind it is a fight for land as farmers backed by paramilitaries push into indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.
More than half of Bolivian women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner, and the criminal justice system is often unresponsive to their plight.
Uruguayan President José Mujica, who lives in penury and drives a battered VW Beetle to better understand his country's poor, may be the most beloved president in the world. Does he deserve the hype?
Peru, along with the rest of Latin America, is experiencing one of the fastest demographic shifts in the world. Older people over 60 will outnumber children under 14 by 2040. Is the country ready?
The Real World Cup looks at the largesse of the soccer extravaganza in Brazil by examining its actual impact on local communities and urban infrastructure in host cities around the country.
Since the implementation of a new constitution in 2008, Ecuador has put more emphasis on the development of higher education. Yet the country's secondary schools are leaving many students unprepared.