Thiago Firmino de Oliveira is a tour guide and community leader in the Santa Marta Favela in the south of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city.
Inspired by the Chinese practice, he decided to gather a group of volunteers to disinfect the streets of the favela in March, in an attempt to help contain the spread of the COVID-19.
The volunteers use donations made by the favela's residents to purchase necessary equipment and cleaning products. The disinfection is done twice a week.
Favelas in Brazil are usually extremely poor neighborhoods left unattended.
Stringers: Luis Carballo, Carlos Fabal
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