Thousands of Yanomami families have migrated and permanently settled along major rivers in the Upper Orinoco. Consequently, the Yanomami face a new set of public health challenges in respect to diseases, diet and nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation. These communities are more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and measles. Additionally, the introduction of processed foods like bleached rice and refined sugar pose novel health risks such as decline in dental health, loss of microbiome diversity, diabetes and obesity.
Rising population density and increased interface with the outside world raises deep concerns over outbreaks of communicable infections and novel public health challenges. The considerable increased in Yanomami patients at outpatient clinics and hospitals creates intercultural conflicts and pressure for the Venezuelan health care system.
At times, outpatient and emergency medical attentions is required. However, The Good Project supports health programs that provide specialized care for the Yanomami people within their territory. Resources such as medical supplies, medicines, and support staff are combined to achieve our common goals.
Our includes delivering mosquito nets to Yanomami communities with high high rates of malaria, microscopes to health posts located throughout Yanomami territory, and providing acute medical care when needed.
The Good project supports transportation and communication infrastructure to enhance efficiency and reliability for medical teams that address outbreaks of diseases.