Ethnic group initiatives in the context of the pandemic

The indigenous peoples of the Region of the Americas have historically been subjected to conditions of discrimination and exclusion, and now face an evident inequity in the field of health within the context of the Covid19 Pandemic.

Indigenous peoples, as living and resilient cultures, have Ancestral Traditional Medicine for their health care in the territories; as part of their cultural identity and as a strength to live and coexist in community.

They coexist in several territories together with institutional Conventional Medicine and continue to use their ancestral knowledge to heal. For this reason, it is necessary to make visible meeting points and dialogue between both medicines. Within the respect and complementarity of knowledge that both contribute to the communities.

Faced with the Covid19 Pandemic, “it is urgent to know and learn from viable experiences that dialogue and care for the community; strengthening our knowledge and our identity, to promote health from the territories, as an integral look at the care of community life, water sources, ecosystems and the human community” 1.


Camacho, Vivian. “La Medicina Tradicional Ancestral en el abordaje intercultural para COVID 19”. Conference. International Symposium on the contributions of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicines (TCIM) in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. BVS MTCI Américas, july 2020.

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