Health Education and Well-being for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil


The United Nations in Brazil and the UNESCO Brasilia Office have developed health and well-being education for Indigenous populations through a pedagogical, multilingual and intercultural approach. The objective is to collaborate in disseminating information that can foster the protection of Indigenous peoples in Brazil, especially in the current context marked by the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The production of videos in each population's mother tongue has been an essential process to preserve their intangible heritage, involve their rights and traditional knowledge, raise awareness of their cultural richness, and promote crucial interfaces between indigenous populations and society.

Indigenous peoples represent 5% of the world's population, but they are among the 15% poorest ones. They face challenges such as increasing migration, educational disadvantage, pressure to assimilate other cultural values, gender-based violence and other forms of discrimination, and limited access to health services and employment.

The videos show the work carried out with seven Indigenous ethnic groups – Wapichan, Ticuna, Yanomami, Ye'kwana, Macuxi, Taurepang and Warao – all of them live in the Amazon and Roraima states (Brazil). The initiative made it possible for Indigenous peoples to access information about prevention and treatments for STI/HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and COVID-19. UNESCO is committed to protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples. Also, according to the 2030 Agenda, the Organization intends to ensure that they are not left behind while building a better, more sustainable and more just future for all.

Health and COVID-19 vaccination for Brazilian Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Ana da Silva Ribeiro from the Wapichan community

Indigenous Dario from the Ticuna community

Indigenous Dario Vitório Kopenawa Yanomami, vice president of the Yanomami Association

Indigenous Edmilson Magalhães, from the Ye’kwana community

Indigenous Elayna Campos Manduca, from the Ticuna community of Umariaçu II

Indigenous Enio Mayanawa from the Yanomami community

Indigenous Keila Jorge, from the Ticuna community of Umariaçu II

Indigenous Lenize Amaro from the Macuxi community

Indigenous Marivel Alves Flores from the Taurepang community