A Guajira' (To Guajira): The Project that continues to strenghten Wayuú community members health.
As part of the results of the project, these communities now have the `Vademecum of medicinal plants', a primer that compiles Wayúu and Western medicine knowledge.
Bogotá, abril de 2021. The "A Guajira" (To Guajira) project, led by the Keralty Foundation, works to increase the health and well-being of the Wayúu community in the Nazareth district, based on local leaders that promote community care networks. This initiative seeks to positively impact 400 people from more than 60 families that make up the communities of Yorijarú and Kulesiamana. As part of the results of the project, these communities now have the `Vademecum of medicinal plants', a primer that compiles Wayúu and Western medicine knowledge so that these populations can use the plants and wisdom at their disposal as health resources.
This initiative of the Keralty Foundation has focused on working hand in hand with the community to build on local knowledge and enhance the health resources they have through a group of Wellness Managers, seeking to impact the well-being of the community with health promotion and prevention, early warnings and tangible actions based on local leadership. During 2020, the Keralty Foundation worked hand in hand with 30 of these Wellness Managers, who promote community care networks based on health assets.
By 2021 it is expected to continue the training spaces with the Managers in order to strengthen their soft skills, leadership and communication skills, so that they replicate the knowledge acquired to members of other nearby communities. It is important to bear in mind that in these training processes, Western medicine approaches the traditional Wayúu knowledge, this in order to align the training spaces with the knowledge of each community.
Precisely, product of the synergy between Western medicine and ancestral knowledge, in conjunction with the communities the "Vademecum of medicinal plants" was built, a tool that collects the use of medicinal plants in the treatment of various pathologies, so that these territories count with a guide for its use and maximize your health resources.
"We developed this Vademecum because we wanted this input to be available to the Wayúu community to contribute to their health management and therefore their quality of life. With this project we have managed to generate networks that support the primary health care system for people living in isolated rural areas, which guarantees greater access" said Camila Ronderos, director of Keralty Foundation.