Kayapo do Para DSEI held autism awareness actions, influenza vaccination, and supports FUNAI with the distribution of food baskets, during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Kayapo do Para Indigenous Special Health District (DSEI) offers basic health care to 57 villages in the south of the state of Para, which has a population of 6.1 thousand indigenous people being assisted.
During April, the DSEI organized actions to prevent Covid-19 and raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Indigenous Health Support Houses (CASAI), at the Base Centers and the surrounding villages. Blue April is the Autism Awareness Month, which is a neurological disorder, with no cure, but symptoms can be controlled with an early diagnosis. Although there is no well-established cause, it is believed that environmental and genetic factors may be involved. In this regard, the Kayapo do Para DSEI guided health and indigenous professionals throughout April about the signs of autism in the first years of life.
The Indigenous Health Multidisciplinary Team from the Redemption Base Center of the KAPRÃKRE-RE village also carried out influenza and measles vaccinations. Influenza immunization, which causes the common flu, for example, facilitates the identification of symptoms of COVID-19.
The Kayapo do Para DSEI has also supported actions of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) in the sanitization and distribution of food baskets in Kremaiti and Kenopyre villages.