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Decades behind, Brazil has much to learn from champion countries in basic sanitation

By Raquel Hoshino

With 35 million people without drinking water and almost 100 million (44.2% of the population) without access to a sewage system, according to data from the Trata Brasil Institute, Brazil went even further back in basic sanitation last month, with two decrees signed by President Lula changing the Sanitation Framework.

According to specialists interviewed by Gazeta do Povo, Brazil is almost 30 years behind the international experience, which causes great losses to the poorest people, with consequences such as higher infant mortality.

Meanwhile, nations such as Israel, Chile, Spain, and other OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation . . .

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