Intercultural Epidemiology

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Intercultural epidemiology allows to emphasize the important role played by cultural systems and their efficiency for preventing, maintaining and solving various health problems. It can also help to better understand the structural factors that contribute to creating problems in the area of public health. It requires that the community holds an interest for these issues and takes action in conducting the necessary research with the help of professionals. Its aim is mainly to help the social group or community to identify the social factors that influence their health conditions and look for more appropriate solutions, whilst valuing how traditional knowledge and practices can help them achieve this.
One of the themes of the investigation proposed by Luis Fernando Canelos is “Micro-aggression, or suicide in indigenous communities of the Pastaza province of the Ecuadorian Amazon”. Luis Fernando Canelos, member of the Sacha Warmi team and coordinator of the “Video in the Communities” project, is currently studying for a sub-specialization in Cultural Anthropology at the San Francisco University in Quito.

Another theme which we believe to be of general interest is the present state of shamanic knowledge and practices in Amazonia, in relation to its current socio-political dimension and its impact on public health, as well as the different transformation processes it is now going through. Looking deeper into this issue would contribute to helping the recovery of shamanic knowledge and practices.

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