Brazil's largest city, São Paulo is coming out of a searing drought. But its impact wasn't all bad. One woman saw the drought as an opportunity to empower women and bring her community closer together.
The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.
For public art installations around the world, São Paulo artist Nele Azevedo casts human figures from ice and then lets them melt. The sight — and sound — of that melting is an experience in "impermanence," she says.
Parents of children with microcephaly in Brazil are now finding each other via the social media platform WhatsApp. Brazilians doctors and scientists also credit the platform for helping them quickly understand the scope of the burgeoning epidemic of birth defects.