Roughly 3,4 million people in Ceará are at high or very high risk of coronavirus in regions without official information about oxygen availability in hospitals. Towns were warned about the possibility of shortages, and the lack of transparency impedes the understanding of the State’s real input infrastructure.
The impact of the project was to expose the lack of transparency of public data from the state of Ceará to the population and reveal that a large portion of the population of the poorest cities in the state have the hospital network without oxygen.
We explored the National Registry of Health Establishments (CNES) and searched for data on oxygen plants in the hospital network in the state of Ceará. Then we cross these data with the reality of each health unit and we realize that the inconsistency of the information and the vulnerability of the population.
What was the hardest part of this project?
Brazil suffers from a data blackout. So getting the information was the hardest part of the job. In addition to information being scarce, she was also inconsistent. So the team had to carry out a check on over 3,000 healthcare facilities, making calls to healthcare facilities and checking google earth images to verify whether or not the facility had an oxygen plant.
What can others learn from this project?
Journalists can be inspired and learn to do data-driven investigations, and with open tools, analyze data and reveal stories that the powerful would not want to be told. And thus strengthen democracy in your region.