This action research study will identify the key barriers to effective communication between government health services and Amazonian indigenous communities who have been found to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and translate the findings into a proof-of-concept design for improved intercultural communication strategies for ensuring:
- access to reliable information on COVID-19 prevention and treatment;
- trust and cooperation between communities and non-indigenous health professionals for contact tracing and referral; and
- response monitoring and social accountability.
The project aims to produce a scalable support platform and accessible guidance materials appropriate for use with indigenous people elsewhere in Brazil and beyond.