The Management (or Lack Thereof) of COVID-19 in Brazil: Implications for Human Rights and Public Health

21 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020 Last revised: 23 Sep 2020

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Erick da Luz Scherf

University of Stavanger, Department of Social Studies

Marcos Vinicius Viana da Silva

Independent

Janaína S. F.

UNIVALI; UNIVALI

Date Written: May 24, 2020

Abstract

The objective of this article is to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has been managed in Brazil, especially at the Federal Administrative level, with the focus being on the implications for human rights and public health in the country. The research is built on a qualitative design made up of case-study and review of literature and is based on inductive reasoning. Main conclusions were that: (i) especially since 2016, the Brazilian Unified Health System has been subjected to a privatizing logic guided by market rules and exploitation of health as a source of profits, a serious threat for the realization of the right to health in the country; (ii) by not making sufficient efforts to safeguard the lives of Brazilians or to strengthen public health institutions amid the pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Administration may be violating the rights to life and health, among others, by omission; (iii) ultimately, it was demonstrated that the President has worked unceasingly to bulldoze anti-COVID-19 efforts, which can be better explained through the concepts of necropolitics and neoliberal authoritarianism. Overall, this research can help expand the literature on human rights in health management during and after emergency times.

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Brazil, Human rights, Public health

Suggested Citation

da Luz Scherf, Erick and da Silva, Marcos Vinicius Viana and Sortica Fachini, Janaína, The Management (or Lack Thereof) of COVID-19 in Brazil: Implications for Human Rights and Public Health (May 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3609303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3609303

Erick Da Luz Scherf (Contact Author)

University of Stavanger, Department of Social Studies

PB 8002
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Janaína Sortica Fachini

UNIVALI ( email )

Campus IV - Biguacu
Santa Catarina 88160000
United States

UNIVALI ( email )

Campus IV - Biguacu
Santa Catarina 88160000
United States

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