Better access to health services in indigenous communities
Sinergias's project is being implemented using the resources of the Health Care Innovation Award and Fundación Éxito. It has been developed jointly with Hospital San Antonio of Mitu, the Health Secretariats for the territory and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. Probitas's support is directed at preventing and controlling six neglected infectious diseases prioritised within the territory.
Likewise, cases of tungiasis, pediculosis, scabies and cutaneous larva migrans which are also to be found in these communities, both during the rounds of mass medication delivery (which will include actively detecting these diseases), will be addressed through a process of identification and notification of cases arising from community health surveillance. All persons over 15 years of age will be screened for trachomatous trichiasis and identified cases will be channelled so the surgical referral process can be initiated. Detection of grades 3 and 4 of pterygium will also be carried out among the same population, and cataracts in the over 50s.
Hand in hand with WMA, micronutrients will be given to pregnant women and children under five years of age. Activities for promoting health, prevention, and surveillance of neglected infectious diseases will be prioritised using an intercultural approach.
The project focuses on preventing and controlling six neglected infectious diseases in 18 indigenous communities in the rural area of the municipality of Mitú, in the Department of Vaupés, the Amazon region of Colombia.
The expected outcomes are: effective coverage of mass medication using albendazole and azithromycin, detection and channelling trachomatous, trichiasis and other visual disabilities, detection and management of at least 80% of people with other ectoparasitic conditions, carrying out promotional activities, using educational material and setting up an Epidemiological Community Surveillance Committee for the EIDs in at least five communities.