DSEI Xavante distributes COVID-19 prevention booklet
Xavante indigenous people have a new source of information about COVID-19. Launched this week, the booklet "DAMA RÓWAIHU´UDZÉ DAHÖDZÉNA - Explanations about the new coronavirus disease" will be distributed at the headquarters of the Xavante Indigenous Special Sanitary District (DSEI), in Barra do Garças (MT), at the indigenous base poles and schools.
The initiative to produce the booklet is from the Xavante Warã Association, a non-profit organization composed of indigenous people from the Sangradouro/Volta Grande Indigenous Land region. According to the author of the text, Riparidi TopTiro, the idea of producing the content to bring more information to the indigenous people came after himself caught COVID-19.
"First, we think of the students in the schools to be taught as a subject. We also think of health professionals as a didactic way to show and make the indigenous people aware of the dangers of the disease. In fact, unfortunately they don´t believe much. We have to educate them," said Riparidi, who has a degree in Political Science and is the general coordinator for mobilizing the Indigenous Peoples of the Cerrado.
The coordinator of DSEI Xavante, Gildo Azeredo, believes that the publication comes at an opportune moment to avoid further contamination. "We at the DSEI Xavante are establishing new strategies," he said. The educational work is essential so that the indigenous people are aware of the ways to prevent the coronavirus.
The booklet was written in accessible language, with illustrations and is in Xavante with Portuguese translation. Questions like ´What is it?´, ´How is this disease called COVID-19 transmitted?´, ´Prevention´ and ´What can´t we do?´ are part of the publication. All the content is in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The booklet can be found in the "Publications" section.