January - May 2017

February-March 2017

Visit by the Association of women midwives of Arajuno

After the initial conversations with the organization of Kichwa midwives of Arajuno, the District of Health of Arajuno organized their visit to the Sacha Warmi Center on March 31. At the end of the meeting they agreed on a variety of points of cooperation to strengthen their organization and to present a joint proposal before the next Congress of the Association of Indigenous Communities of Arajuno (ACIA), requesting a major commitment to the theme of health and the promotion of the traditional medicine.

Arajuno’s Kichwa midwives visiting Sacha Warmi Center

Work reunions with the Ceibo Alliance, the 2014 Health District and the Syndicate for the Defense of People Impacted by Texaco Oil Company (UDAPT)

A number of different reunions took place with the organization Allianza Ceibo at Lago Agrío, with the Syndicate for the protection of people impacted by Texaco Oil Company at the community of Siekopai of San Pablo, and with the members of the District of Health 2014 from the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) in Shushufindi, to continue to evaluate the possibilities for implementing “the Initiative of Inter-cultural Health” between the Siekopai, the Siona, Ai Kofan and the Kichwa nations in the province of Sucumbios.

Health assessment at the Waorani communities from the Yasuni National Park

From February 1 to Feb. 3, on assignment from the Scientific Station of the Catholic University (PUCE), the Foundation for Environment and Society (FAS) carried out a consultancy for health and intercultural education with the members of four Waorani communities situated within the Yasuni National Park. Sacha Warmi Muskuy participated with the FAS team by doing a presentation on the theme of intercultural health. The final communication from the consultation incorporated the recommendations and proposals that Didier made for the formation of a new profile for an agent of intercultural health, in collaboration with the Center of Medical Intercultural Studies (CEMI) of Bogotá Colombia.

January-February 2017

Program for Women, Families, and Land

At the end of the year 2016, the results following the three first meetings that took place with these groups of women from Canelos, Arajuno and San Jacinto are very positive. The fact that each one of these groups chose to become an organization, and that it committed itself to become formalized as a legal organization, is one of the first demonstrations of how the women are advancing in their process of empowerment.

The Canelos group named itself “Kuyan Kuyan Warmi Kuna”, identifying itself to a species of wasp that has a mud nest. The group from Arajuno named itself “ Kawsachik”, while the group from San Jacinto opted for “Shuyu Packcha”, the name of a sacred bird.

For more information about the activities that are taking place with the women of the three groups, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vq9gLGa-vU&feature=youtu.be

For more information about what does Sacha Warmi Muskuy do?, Watch our video presentation (14 Min) at https://youtu.be/7vOagG0hqzE

Project : Health and Interculurality in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The process of coordination with the Districts of Health of Pastaza, Arajunto and Sushufindi took place between the months of December 2016 and January 2017. After receiving the contacts with the operating units of the MSP, the first activities of socialization, transmission of information and the raising of cultural awareness have been initiated with the teams of professionals who work at the Health Centers of Canelos and Arajuno, in the province of Pastaza, and at San Pablo, in the province of Sucumbios.

At the same time, conversations took place and necessary agreements were made with the members of the indigenous communities and organizations to ensure their active participation in this project. The proposal is fully backed by the organizations: “Arajuno Kichwa Ayllu Llacta Tantanakuy” and “Ancestral Community of Canelos” in the province of Pastaza, and the “Organization of the Siekopai Nation” and “Ceibo Alliance”, in the province of Sucumbios.

The implementation of interculturality in health means the creation of a major capacity within and between both parties, so that their respective commitments for fully assuming the challenges that involve a search for a careful approach between both systems of health to reach a true intercultural dialogue.

Sacha Warmi Muskuy will act to accomplish a role of intermediation in these processes of building intercultural health with the indigenous communities and organizations on one hand, and on the other, with the operating units of the health centers of the MSP.

Interculturality: the building of bridges between traditional medicine and Western medicine?

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