The project Upper Xingu Health Connection: Strengthening Indigenous Primary Care Networks (Conexão Saúde Alto Xingu: fortalecimento das redes de atenção primária indígena), coordinated by Dr. Fernando Bozza, in partnership with AFV, has been selected as one of the first projects of the Health Indigenous Edital, part of the Inova Fiocruz Program.
The project will last 18 months, from August 2022 to February 2024.
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) is one of the largest health education and research institutions in Brazil. The century-old entity, linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, aims to develop activities focused on health, education and scientific and technological development.
Fiocruz played the role of an important research center during the Infleunza A(H1N1) pandemic, the Zika and microcephaly epidemic of 2105-2016 and the Covid-19 epidemic. It played a strategic role in the production of one of the vaccines against the disease, delivering millions of doses of vaccine to the Brazilian Unified Health System SUS.
The project aims to improve the quality of life of the indigenous populations in the region by making health care services more participatory as well as to train indigenous health workers, seeking to carry out initiatives that have an impact on local health throughout its implementation. Actions will be defined with consolidated information and decided with the community in Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) meetings.
With more than 30 years of experience and action in the region, AFV has the trust and support of the majority of the indigenous peoples of Upper Xingu. In this context, the association will act as a facilitator of the project's actions through logistical, operational and relational support.