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School for Tribal Healthcare Medics

OVERVIEW

Many different facets of the project must work simultaneously to ensure the health of the Yanomami in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Ministry of Health has already created a working blueprint, which synchronizes all of these elements with numerous treatment programs. One of our many important projects is a school for indigenous healthcare workers.

Escuela de Medicine Simplificada

The success of the overall project depends on an ongoing infrastructure. Medical doctors and specialists supply the knowledge and experience that is vital to health care. Trained community health workers will supply the day-to-day maintenance of the project in individual villages. We have found that the Indian people quickly pick up the necessary techniques and knowledge in a six-week course. They travel through the jungle much quicker than outsiders, survive better and are much less invasive to their own communities.


2002 – Yanomami Medical Outreach in Venezuela

In January 2002, Michael Stuart represented the Amazonia Foundation, as part of an international, medical relief expedition to Yanomami Indian villages in Venezuela’s Amazon rainforest. The purpose of the expedition was to bring badly needed medical support to tribes still suffering from a 14-year epidemic of malaria, hepatitis, and River Blindness. For this expedition the Amazonia Foundations Michael Stuart Ani was made an official observer for the Venezuelan government relating to health and cultural issues between international doctors, outreach organizations, missionaries and the Yanomami tribe of the region.

Reports were filed on this expedition about the highly unethical activities of the New Tribes Mission. They related directly to specific instances of cultural genocide and ongoing extreme sexual abuse of Indian children. It led to the removal of all the evangelist and Mormon missionaries involved from the country of Venezuela.