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Investigación en Salud

A project designed to continuously improve the health, social and cultural situation of the Matzes indigenous people in the peruvian rainforest

Based on project resume by Dr. Susanna Heising, Biol. Jan Heising

For the past 22 months they have been working in a health project at the Rio Chambira, providing basic medical aid to about 3.500 Urarina Natives.
The Matses are living in the border region of the peruvian and brazilian amazonian territory, on the peruvian side in the district of Yaquerana, Province Requena, Departamento Loreto, Perú. From Iquitos is 150 km linear distance and aircraft only once a week, depending on the weather. Three times for year will go a riverboat, which takes 2-3 weeks for transport of fuel (gasoline) and basic foodstuff to Angamos. This access are very expensive.
According to the census 2005 the number of population is 1700 persons but the elected leader of the Matzes –Comunnity Chief–they are more than 3000 people already in October 2009. They live in 14 villages in a registered territory of the tribe: 452 735 ha (2005) primary rainforest.
Since October 2009 their territory was amplificated with 420 635.34 ha Reserva Nacional Matzes after 15 years conducting negotiations with help of the peruvian NGO CEDIA.
The Matzes have alliance of administration and organization of the community with meetings of the delegates (men and women) of each village (in practice since 2001).

Based on project resume by Dr. Susanna Heising and Biol. Jan W. Heising

It doesn’t exist a systematic registration of diseases and death in the villages. Health centre of the peruvian health system in Angamos, which is located 1:30 hour from the next and 2 days from the most far away village (local boats with motor) but is very important know the health level of Matzes. Centre has one (01) medical doctor in practical year, one (01) nurse, one (01) midwive in practical year, assistant nurses and 1 microscopist.
Rarely health campaigns are not visiting all villages of the CN Matzes, important prophylactic vaccination campaigns like hepatitis B are not performed no training of the local health workers since 1998. Frictions with the kind of treatment of the Matzes by the health personal, leading to many complaints.
First instance for sick people –the local health workers – knowledge how to applicate painkillers and drugs against fever, realizing the evacuation of very sick patients to the Health Centre Colonia Angamos. Botiquines Comunales (minipharmacies) in each village of which the local health workers are responsible –mostly without drugs last training of the local health workers in 1998 a building for health services constructed by the Matzes in Buenas Lomas Nuevas 13 years ago. The Ministry of Health not let take fulfill promises to send equipment and staff.

  • Overview of the reported diseases by the health centre of Angamos.
  • Acute, chronic and dysenteric diarrea, dehydration
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Respiratory infections: common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia
  • Malaria vivax and falciparum (576 cases until week 32, 2009)
  • Denguefever, Leptospirosis, snake bites
  • Other gastrointestinal diseases
  • Hepatitis A and B

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