Podcast: What does Pink October mean for indigenous women?
This edition of SESAI Cast was marked by a very enlightening conversation. With the participation of the nurse Lourdes Ribeiro and the technical advisor Luciana de Oliveira, both collaborators of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), of the Ministry of Health, about the Pink October campaign in Indigenous Health.
They discussed, among other issues, about the actions that are carried out within the indigenous territory and the challenges of taking care and knowledge, through health education, to indigenous women wherever they are, throughout the year.
"We have a great asset to win the trust of these women who are in the village, in case of resistance, which is the professional who lives in the area, talking to them, clearing up any doubts they may have, because for them it is very difficult to be convinced to do an exam, like the Pap smear, without feeling anything apparently. But even so, with the talks, with the lectures, we have reached our goals", says Lourdes.
The professionals also explained that this work is done based on the articulation with states and municipalities so that these indigenous people have access to the SUS network in its entirety. In other words, SESAI, through the teams from the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI), takes care of prevention and encourages these women to undergo the exam, and the SUS health centers and hospitals accompany the patients from diagnosis to the end of treatment.
"When the indigenous woman is instructed to perform breast self-examination, for example, when the DSEI team arrives, she will express interest in being attended, and in case of need for treatment, she will be submitted to the SUS referral network," says Luciana.
This edition also brings the testimonials of health professionals who are in the area all year round telling how indigenous health adapts to different circumstances.
Finally, the episode brings the news about the Partnership between the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) and SESAI, which will ensure speedy delivery of results for indigenous women living in the north of the country. And much more.
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Text: Luiz Cláudio Moreira - Nucom/Sesai
Translation: Renata Arruda Vieira - Nucom/Sesai