Brazilian Indians Take Over National Health Foundation Building in Protest

As a means to protest against the precarious indigenous health care being provided in the Vale do Javari area, in northern Brazil, which is described as completely chaotic by indigenous leaders in the region, Indians have occupied the Funasa (National Health Foundation) building in the region.

Over 100 Marubo, Mayoruna, Matis, Kanamari and Kulina indigenous people are taking part in the occupation operation, which started Saturday, October 15. The Funasa building is in Atalaia do Norte, state of Amazonas.

The occupation is also meant to protest against the designation of a relative of the local mayor to the position of coordinator of the Indigenous Health Care District. The new coordinator, colonel Cláudio Gomes, is also seen as a person indigenous people cannot trust because of his discriminatory statements and political position against the indigenous cause.

The Indigenous Council of Vale do Javari (Civaja) presented documents confirming that the city hall misapplied public funds earmarked for the Program to Encourage Primary Health Care to Indigenous Peoples and the Basic Health Surveillance Actions Program, both of which are linked to the National Health Fund. The amount spent irregularly totals US$ 98,000 (222.000 reais) over the past six months.

According to the coordinator of Civaja, Jorge Duarte Marubo, there is only one doctor available for over 3,000 indigenous people living on the banks of four rivers in 37 communities scattered in an area of more than eight million hectares.

Jorge Marubo said that he health professionals should stay in the area for 45 days visiting the communities. "Because of the low water volume in the rivers, it is now more difficult to reach the communities. The health professionals spend about 25 days traveling and they have less time to take care of the sick."

Marubo believes that over half the indigenous population in the Vale do Javari area (3,215 people) has been infected with malaria or viral hepatitis (based on information provided by Coiab).

Also…

– Eight farmers accused of involvement in the death of the Guarani chief Guarani Nhandeva Dorival Benites, 36, during conflicts which occurred when the Sombrerito land was reoccupied by indigenous people, have been arrested. According to the Dourados Agora website, they were taken in preventive custody because of their contradictory depositions.

– Indigenous people from all over Brazil are getting ready to attend the Popular Assembly: Self-Help Actions for a New Brazil, which will be held in Brasí­lia on October 25-28. Two buses will bring participants from rural areas of the state of Pernambuco, nine people will be brought by bus from Manaus and Guarani representatives will come from the state of São Paulo. More information can be found at www.assembleiapopular.com.br

Cimi – Indianist Missionary Council – www.cimi.org.br

Tags:

  • Show Comments (2)

  • reno b

    student
    need help in acquiring language features of the marubo for project

  • Guest

    No doubt…..
    …..that corruption is everywhere in Brazil ! When one says…. corrupted to the roots…there is no exxageration !!!!

    ….when you reduce health budgets for the needy citizens…..nobody should be surprised…that even less money is available for the cattles sanitation that provoked the FMD disease, not due to the lack of vaccine…..but the lack of the voted, but not allocated, money to buy the vaccines !!!!!!!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Coffee Producer to Open Factory in Europe

Café Iguaçu, based in the city of Cornélio Procópio, in the southern Brazilian state ...

Brazilian Study Shows Hydropower Pollutes 4 Times More than Fossil-Fuel

Hydropower plants have long been a byword for clean energy. But researchers warn that ...

Brazilian Ruling Party, the PT, Wants to Control the Press and “Democratize Media”

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil and the undisputed leader ...

Sheik Jihad Hammadeh

Brazil’s Veja Magazine Caught in Islam Cartoon Flap. Sheik Calls for Boycott

Sheik Jihad H. Hammadeh is used to receiving phone calls from confused Brazilian journalists. ...

Egypt Discovers Brazil as Good for Business

Brazil’s exports to Egypt increased almost 35% last year and, if it depends on ...

Peru Needs Brazil as a Partner, Says Expert

The director of the Center of American Studies at the Cândido Mendes University, Clóvis ...

Money Changer Says Brazil’s Ruling PT Had International Money Laundering Scheme

Brazilian money changer, Antônio Oliveira Claramunt, aka Toninho da Barcelona (Little Tony from Barcelona, ...

Inflation in Brazil Hits Lowest Level Ever

Brazilian and Latin American stocks retreated, as investors cashed in some of the region’s ...

Wrongdoers Will Be Punished, Vows Brazil’s Lula

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that, for the government’s social programs ...

Latin American Markets Surge. Brazil on the Lead.

Latin American shares rallied on the session, bolstered by strength in the U.S. markets ...