SESAI invests in the qualification of growth and development consultations
Lasting from September 27 to 29, training receives professionals from seven DSEI
Indigenous health has its specificities and needs to be adapted to provide the best care for the more than 755 thousand indigenous people served by the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS). With this in mind, the Special Indigenous Health Secretariat (Sesai), in partnership with the Primary Health Care Secretariat (SAPS) and the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), started a workshop to validate the pedagogical materials for the Growth and Development (C&D) consultations.
The training aims to qualify professionals from the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) in the Growth and Development strategy, which is one of the main indigenous health strategies for reducing infant mortality in the nearly 6 thousand villages throughout Brazil. "Today we have an indicator in the Multi-Year Plan (PPA) that foresees a 60% coverage of the children assisted with the Growth and Development consultations. So, we will be able to take advantage of this event", explained the director of Sesai´s Indigenous Health Care, Marcelo Miranda.
The partnership with SAPS enabled the adaptation of this pedagogical material to the indigenous reality and counted on the help of professionals who have worked for many years with the issues of early childhood and child development. "We know the great benefits of investing in early childhood, both for integral development and for healthy growth. Taking this to indigenous children is more than a duty, it is making a right become consolidated," said the coordinator of Children and Breastfeeding at SAPS.
In order for the adaptation to be made correctly for the indigenous reality, the Ministry of Health relied on the help of the Federal University of Ceará, which has been a partner institution for more than four years.
"We are going to work with the health professionals who are on the front line so that they can multiply this possibility of having a better adaptation and use of the child´s notebook. This will certainly favor a more detailed follow-up of the indigenous children in Brazil," said professor Dr. Márcia Machado, from the UFC.
The difference of working with adapted material will be felt by the professionals on the front line. For 20 years working in indigenous health, the nurse of the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) Interior Sul is eager to closely check this adaptation to the reality of indigenous territories. "This new validation according to our reality of indigenous health will greatly improve the knowledge and evaluation of this child by nurses who are there at the tip".
Text: Patrícia Rodrigues - Nucom/Sesai
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/Sesai