Why Did We Go to Parintins, Brazil?

Have you been wondering what Parintins is really like? Take a moment and get to know this city in the Amazon that our two volunteer audiologists are calling home for the next two weeks.

Brazil

About the City

Parintins is a city in the middle of the Amazonas basin, with a population of more than 100,000 people with an average annual income of $280 USD. Forest and rivers surround the city; therefore most transportation happens by local boat. It is the second largest city in the state, and acts as a regional center for more than 300 local communities. It is well known for its annual Parintins Folklore Festival, which is the second largest annual celebration in the country.

Poverty in Brazil

Although Parintins boasts a festival that is only second to Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, this city remains one of the poorest in the nation. Only one ENT works one day a week in the area, covering all ENT services including audiology. For 2015, the Federal poverty guideline in the U.S. is an annual income of $24,250 for a family of four. In Brazil, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is lower than $25,908 USD a year, and lower in more rural areas. Although we can’t solve every problem, we can help provide access to hearing care for these in need communities.

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