90% of Indians in Brazilian Amazon Area Suffer from Malaria

A family of Brazilian Kanamari Indians The Indians of the Javari Valley in the Brazilian Amazon have warned that rates of malaria and hepatitis in their communities are spiraling out of control, and that uncontacted tribes in the area are in grave danger.

Ninety percent of Indians in the area suffered from malaria in 2006. A recent study of 306 Indians revealed that 56 percent were carrying the hepatitis B virus; the level considered 'acceptable’ by the World Health Organization is two percent.

A staggering 85 percent of the Indians had had contact with the hepatitis A virus, and 25 percent were carrying hepatitis C.

The Javari Valley is the second largest indigenous territory in Brazil. It is home to the Kanamari, Kulina, Marubo, Matsés, Matis, Korubo and Tsohom Djapá tribes, and at least six uncontacted tribes are known to live in the remote region near the Peruvian border.

The local Indian organization has said in a letter to the Brazilian government, "The situation of the isolated Indians in this region is no less serious…. Illegal and predatory invasions… aggravate the health situation and make these peoples even more vulnerable.

"These factors threaten their physical and cultural survival, contravening Article 231 of the Federal Constitution, which determines that the State will protect customs, languages, and traditionally occupied territories."

The Indians say that the Brazilian authorities responsible for indigenous health care have taken insufficient action to combat the crisis. Indian leaders have been speaking out about the situation for fifteen years, but the crisis has worsened in the last five.

 

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  • AES

    Reminds me when the U.S. gave the ‘Indians’ warm small pox ladden blankets, to keep the chill out.

  • Ric

    What was it in the article that made you think about religion and world population, George?

  • George

    Population
    The indigenous people of the world lived in harmony with nature. They kept their population under control to a sustainable level. Modern religions of the world ( christian, jewish, muslim, hindu) all thrive on increasing the population in their belief tribes. This is destructive to the entire planet as it resists population control, and we nee population REDUCTION throughout the world on a large scale. By only having 2 children, and the 1st not until age 30, the world population will slowly decrease by 50% in 100-200 years. Or we can do what the religions of the world want, and our children and their children can die painful deaths thru war over resourses and disease by human contacts and polution.
    The answer is simple. Fighting the human need to “believe” in a religion is dificult. I suggest we spend billions of dollars a year educating the world political and religious leaders on the important of population REDUCTION for the next 200 years and beyond, or we will destroy the earth, just as bacteria will eat all nuitrients when placed on a petri dish. They will multiply and consume all nutrients and die in their own excrement. We are no different, but we can be.

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