Intercultural Communication for Effective COVID-19 Response in Amazonian Indigenous Territories

Brazil
Governance
Social development and inclusion
Citizen-state relations
Health systems
Governance
Social development and inclusion
Citizen-state relations
Health systems

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:

  1. access to reliable information on COVID-19 prevention and treatment;
  2. trust and cooperation between communities and non-indigenous health professionals for contact tracing and referral; and
  3. 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.

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