#COP26: Our territory, Our health: Indigenous peoples’ rights and cultures at the center of health systems in the Amazon
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#COP26: Our territory, Our health: Indigenous peoples’ rights and cultures at the center of health systems in the Amazon

On November 6th, “Our territory, Our health: Indigenous peoples’ rights and cultures at the center of health systems in the Amazon” session will be held as part of COP26 activities in Glasgow. This session aims to share, reflect and reshape strategies to put the rights and cultures of Indigenous peoples at the core of public health systems in the Amazon. In the midst of both the climate and sanitary crises, and within the context of the One Health approach, we will address the need to rethink healthcare in the region, based on Indigenous communities’ cosmovision, the relation between planetary health, human health, and wellbeing, as well as the role of community promoters as the articulating axis of ancestral knowledge, territory, and Western medicine.

Front-line Indigenous leaders, Indigenous health promoters, and civil society organizations will share the experience of the Amazon Indigenous Health Route, a project that seeks to promote structural changes in public health systems of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, through intercultural knowledge dialogues, capacity-building of communities and the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes.

The session will begin with pitches on several experiences, challenges, and innovations around four strategies:  

  1. Understanding the relationship between planetary and human health from an Indigenous cosmovision, led by the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Tributaries – FENAMAD, from Peru.
  2. Creating bridges between ancestral knowledge and western medicine, led by Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon – CONFENIAE.
  3. Building health and climate-resilient communities and culturally adapted technological tools, led by Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries – Hivos.
  4. Improving access to health services through telehealth networks, led by the Sustainable Amazon Foundation – FAS

Participants will share and discuss new ideas, and innovative solutions for fostering climate-resilient health systems with a community approach in the face of the pandemics, syndemics, and the climate crisis. 

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Information about the event

Date and time: Saturday, November 6th, at 17:00-18:00 (UK time)

Location: WHO Pavilion

Duration: 60 minutes

Panelists

Moderator:

María Moreno de los Ríos, AIR Program Manager, Hivos

Participants:

  1. Julio Cusurichi – President of the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River and Tributaries, FENAMAD 
  2. Nemo Andy – Director of Women, Health and Family, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon, CONFENIAE 
  3. Carolina Zambrano Barragán, Climate Justice Lead, Hivos 
  4. Paula Carramaschi Gabriel  – Sustainable Cities Agenda Coordinator – FAS

Supporting organization(s): Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries – Hivos, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon – CONFENIAE (Ecuador), the Native Federation of the Madre de Dios River, and Tributaries – FENAMAD (Peru), and the Sustainable Amazon Foundation – FAS. 

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