SESAI promotes the 1st Meeting of Indigenous Health Coordinators
The event started this Monday and has the objective of aligning the guidelines for the realization of health actions aimed at indigenous peoples.
Collectively build the guidelines for an increasingly effective performance. This is the objective of the 1st Meeting of Indigenous Health Coordinators, which takes place this week, in the auditorium of the Ministry of Health, in Brasilia. The event is being held by the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI).
The opening ceremony was attended by the Substitute Health Minister, Daniel Pereira, the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Reginaldo Ramos Machado, the Secretary of Primary Health Care (SAPS), Raphael Câmara, the Secretary of Science, Technology, Innovation and Strategic Health Inputs (SCTIE), Sandra de Castro Barros, representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in Brazil, Ariel Karolinski, and of the National Council of Municipal Health Secretaries (Conasems), Charles Tocantins, among other Brazilian public health authorities.
During the opening of the event, the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Reginaldo Ramos Machado, highlighted the role of SESAI, affirming that the portfolio is responsible for the beginning, middle and end of indigenous health. "For us, what exists in practice are the projects and actions we take. They are what guarantee the prevention, protection, and recovery of our indigenous peoples´ health.
Ramos took the opportunity to present, through a video, the specificities of Brazilian indigenous health. According to him, it is necessary to find ways to increase partnerships with the private sector, as well as with states, municipalities, and the Federal Government itself, in order to guarantee SESAI´s mission: to provide basic health care to the more than 762 thousand indigenous people who live in more than 6 thousand villages throughout the country.
A WELL DONE JOB
The Substitute Health Minister, Daniel Pereira, acknowledged the work done by the DSEI teams during the pandemic period, which, as he stressed, was not easy: "You were responsible, in fact, for taking the public policies of the Ministry of Health to the indigenous people of our country, and all this was done in a very satisfactory way. We have to be very proud of everything that we did during this period. Count on the structure of the Ministry of Health, always", he highlighted.
Currently, SESAI, through the DSEI, serves more than 762 thousand indigenous people living in villages all over Brazil, through the direct action of more than 20 thousand professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, technicians, etc), including indigenous workers. The primary health care efforts are carried out in a participatory and differentiated manner, observing the epidemiological and sociocultural specificities and the traditional practices of the peoples.
BAGAGE: "This event is very important for us, coordinators, because we will leave here with a very rich baggage of knowledge and continuity of the actions that are already offered to the indigenous peoples. This moment is one of strengthening." Iglê Monte, DSEI Alto Rio Juruá.
KNOWLEDGE: "After the pandemic, this is a very opportune moment since it is a meeting between all the District coordinators and the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health. From here, I want to take more knowledge to add more to our management with the Indigenous peoples of the Southern Interior." Alexandre Rossettini, DSEI Interior Sul.
Texto: Aurélio Prado - Nucom/SESAI
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/SESAI