The Lancet released a series of articles in May 2011 that looked at the progress made, policies enacted and remaining challenges in Brazil’s push for universal health care.

Brazil has made significant improvements in maternal and child health, emergency care, and in reducing the burden of infectious diseases. However, the country continues to have a high levels of obesity and a burden of injury deaths that is different from other countries due to the large number of murders.

The series includes six articles that critically examine what the country’s policies have achieved and where future challenges lie. Topics include: the Brazilian health system; maternal and child health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; violence and injuries; and health policy innovations.

The Lancet: Heath in Brazil

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