Ken Cedeno

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Igaracu
Location: Washington DC
Nationality: American
Biography: Ken Cedeno is a Washington D.C. based independent photographer with experience covering politics, travel and other assignments around the globe. Recent coverage of Ukraine for United Press International. He was a frequent contributor to Corbis... MORE
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Igaracu
Copyright Ken Cedeno 2023
Updated Jul 2016
Topics Birth, Children, Documentary, Hope, Hunger, Illness, Isolation, Motherhood, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty

There are a multitude of indigenous communities tucked away along the Amazon river's edge in wood huts built above the water's high tide mark or just inland in the 1100 sub-tributaries. In 2011, the Brazilian government inaugurated the Basic Health Unit River (BFHU) system to provide primary care to those indigenous tribes.

In 2013, the BFHU launched the Igaracu, a two-story floating clinic outfitted with medical staff, dental and ex­am rooms, a pharmacy, and a kitchen. This clinic serves a small portion of the rivers vastness in only 44 communities of the Wood rivers above Madeirinha, Autaz-Açu and Autaz Mirin. The 80-foot transom bow travels roughly 20 days each trip, with about a month-long break to resupply and perform maintenance. 

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