Healthcare

Like in other regions of the Amazon located far from the urban centers, on the Rio Jauaperi the population lives in isolation, lack of support from government institutions and denial of the right to basic medical assistance. Strengthening health care in the region is one of our priorities.
 
The local population suffers essentially from pathologies linked to environmental conditions such as mycosis and skin infections, gastro-intestinal diseases, injuries and bruises, flu syndromes, urinary and genital inflammations, dental pathologies caused by lack of oral hygiene, bite infections and animal bites . The diseases identified as priorities in the area are related to maternal and child health, malaria, hygiene and environmental health, vaccination coverage and dental problems. Particular is the situation of children, who live in constant economic poverty and scarcity of material goods, suffering from nutritional deficiencies deriving from a poorly varied diet, pathologies linked to hygienic-sanitary conditions and exanthemata’s diseases.
 
Since 2004 we have worked to ensure access to drinking water and the right to health for all the inhabitants of the region. We have created small health posts and, through the Taliaproject, we have offered training courses and employment opportunities to the locals, actions that today guarantee the presence of specialized health personnel on the river. We organized missions of volunteer doctors and dentists and supported vaccination campaigns in collaboration with the Municipal Health Department. In collaboration with the Banco Farmaceutico Foundation we have supplied medicines and health facilities to the community dispensaries of the region.
 
With the Agua Boa project we have installed 5 artesian wells in the Rio Jauaperi communities. Access to drinking water sources is, in fact, indispensable to combat diseases related to water contamination such as geoelmintiasis and intestinal parasites and to guarantee the well-being of the weaker sections of the population (infants, children, elderly). To reduce local pollution and improve water quality, we promote the use of clean energy and non-polluting means of transport such as electric motors.
 
The incidence of malaria cases, an endemic pathology of the region, has significantly decreased in recent years, thanks to a specific health campaign that has allowed general population screening, identification and therapeutic treatment of all outbreaks. The intervention led to a 90% reduction in cases, recording only 13 episodes of malaria in 2009 along the entire Jauaperi river and less and less in the following years. The disease continues to be monitored through the analysis of blood samples to identify malaria parasites and from 2012 there are 0 to 3 cases per year.
 
From 2017 we collaborate with the Brazilian organization Doutores das Aguas that visits the villages with a traveling medical team offering specialist visits, free treatments and medicines, dental prostheses, vaccines and health education campaigns to the native population, with particular attention to children and women.

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