Technical Cooperation with the Brazilian Society of Pathology will benefit 10K indigenous women
The Ministry of Health, through the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) to perform cytopathological exams (pap smears) for indigenous women from the Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) of the Northern region. The exam helps in the preventive diagnosis of cervical cancer and will benefit 10 thousand indigenous women, aged 25 to 64, by June.
The partnership aims to meet the repressed demand for exams due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and make indigenous women aware of the importance of doing the prevention exam. "In this first stage we will attend the Districts of the northern region, certainly will be an important advance in the health of indigenous peoples, especially women in the fight against uterine cancer," says the Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva.
The agreement provides for the collaboration of 12 clinical laboratories that will analyze, free of charge, the slides collected by the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) in the villages. The DSEI will supply the material and the logistics for the collection, the supplies are already part of the routine activities for monitoring basic indigenous health. In all, there are 19 Districts benefited in the North region: Altamira, Alto Rio Juruá, Alto Rio Negro, Alto Rio Purus, Alto Rio Solimões, Amapá and Norte do Pará, Guamá-Tocantins, Kaiapó do Pará, Leste de Roraima, Manaus, Médio Rio Purus, Médio Rio Solimões e Afluentes, Parintins, Porto Velho, Rio Tapajós, Tocantins, Vale do Javari, Vilhena and Yanomami.
The cytopathological exam subsidizes the managers of the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem (SASISUS) in relation to the analysis, procedures, tracking, and diagnosis of cervical diseases. The Districts monitor the actions of disease prevention and health promotion for indigenous women. Over the last three years, training of the teams in the area, increase of the work force in the base poles, direct purchase of preventive exam kits, and intensification of health education activities and vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been carried out.