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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Surgeons promote interculturality in the training and practice of medicine

Sandro Rodriguez and Myra Avila lead a group of professionals rooted in Aboriginal cultures / Photo: Laura Lescano.

The marriage of surgeons, Sandro Rodriguez (49) and Myra vila (43), lead a group of professionals rooted in Aboriginal cultures, who for many years worked for “interculturalism in primary health care ( Associated PressS)” in Córdoba. which are integrated with other knowledge of ontology”.

These medical and social science professionals of Córdoba promote awareness actions, training professionals and also rethink health system policies, to guarantee access to inclusive, intercultural health care and to be discriminatory against native and migrant populations .

In this sense, Rodriguez considers it very important that “the biotic and abiotic factors of the ecosystem should be considered in a balanced way”, understanding that “medicine has a very biomedical approach to health. It is primarily of biological aspects” (biochemical, genetic, molecular, cellular and diseases of the body).

The professional said in a statement to Telam that Health, disease, life and death “must be approached not only by biological and social, but also by cultural, spiritual and temporal beliefs and practices”And when it does not, discrimination, xenophobia and transphobia arise at the time of practices.

The Doctor of Salta, with a Diegita past, and with strong ancestral roots, which are reflected in their customs and traditions, accompanied Telam with his wife from San Juan, during the Pachamama ceremony in the plaza on August 1. Proposed to conduct interview. Cisneros del Alberdi neighborhood in downtown Córdoba, where he participated in the “corpachada”, which consists of offering and feeding “Mother Earth”.

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In Argentina, and particularly in Córdoba, historical hegemony has made the presence of indigenous people invisible with ‘extinction’ (sic) discourses, which remain veiled in the social imaginary and negatively affect the recognition and guarantees of indigenous peoples. make an impact. About their rights,” he questioned.

Within the framework of the various activities they undertake to promote the worldview and indigenous ethnography, the two doctors formed a group of seven professionals who, last year, prescribed a “Diploma in Health and Interculture” In the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Córdoba (UNC), through an agreement with the Provincial Ministry of Health.

Avila, for his part, maintained that he was awaiting approval for the second group’s dictation, Maira maintained and explained that in this diploma, which was “successful”, the interculture in health was “acted in a balanced way.” ability” is presented. Cultural knowledge, beliefs and practices.

In this regard, he pointed out that in the case of the province of Cordoban “40 Organized Indigenous Communities Coexistence” And, based on studies conducted by the Institute of Anthropology of Córdoba (Idacore), 76% of the province’s contemporary residents are of Indian-American maternal ancestry, 16% European and 8% African.

“There are as many medicines in the world as there are people”So, one of the questions has to do with “biological training and practices and scientific medicine as the only valid health model,” rebuked the doctor and mother of four, along with her husband Rodriguez.

Pachamama Ceremony At Cisneros Square In The Alberdi Neighborhood In Downtown Cradoba Photo Laura Lescano
The ceremony of Pachamama at Plaza Cisneros in the Albardi neighborhood in downtown Cordoba / Photo: Laura Lescano.

The doctor, who traces her genetic fingerprints to Guanache from the Chilean mountain range and the self-perception of the origins of the Warpe and Mapuche from the Cuyo region of Mapuche, considered that diversity in the context of intercultural health. “There must be a dialogue that allows for interaction and interaction with all intercultural knowledge, including gender diversity.”

On the subject, he further stated that this dialogue is to be between Western scientific biomedical medicine, traditional, beliefs, curanderismo, shamanism and medicinal practices based on diversity of medical knowledge “which seeks to create empathy and trust between doctor and patient.” allows indigenous communities”.

He also said that it is very important that the medical professional “does not disqualify the traditional and popular practices practiced in various indigenous communities”, and so that this does not happen. Universities must train and incorporate intercultural health into their curriculumBecause the population is not homogeneous.

Asked whether what they are proposing might involve the risk of legalizing some medical practices deemed illegal by current law, Avila stressed that “the interpersonal practices of medicine have been legalized. “What has happened is that they have been suspended, interfered with and culturally erased”. The monopoly of health systems, “however, practices continue in the population”.

Sandro and Myra practice their medical profession in the city of Córdoba as well as university teachers and the Instituto de Cultura Aborigines (ICA) where they teach music, history, anthropology and Quechua, Mapuche and Guarani. , , ,

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