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      Drought in Brazil: a hidden Public Health Disaster

      Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

      Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

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          Climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme weather events; drought being one of them. Between 1990 and 2014, drought accounted for only 8.7% of the reported natural disasters in Brazil (Basic 2015). However, 58.4% of economic issues related to natural disasters were drought related (Basic 2015). For the healthcare community of Brazil, economic crunches tighten government spending. The impact of  droughts is difficult to document due to no assigned start and finish, with the effects accumulating slowly over time. Although great progress has been made to reduce social and economic vulnerability, Brazil must look at reviewing current programs, particularly in public health, and begin planning of new intervention with local communities. This  paper aims to discuss the droughts impact on Brazil’s population and to provide a planning baseline for healthcare professionals and government officials to alleviate the impact of drought for a population already  living within a vulnerable environment.

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          Journal
          Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          CSWHI
          Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          2222386X
          20769741
          December 31 2016
          December 31 2016
          : 7
          : 4
          : 12-19
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Health Administration & Human Resources, 4th Floor McGurrin Hall, Scranton, PA 18510-4699
          Article
          10.22359/cswhi_7_4_02
          © 2016

          Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

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