As the clinic has little access to western medicines, healing with medicinal plants is essential for community health - most suspected COVID cases are being treated with medicinal plants by nurses trained in both western and traditional medicine. The Sanken Yaka Living Shipibo Pharmacy in Paoyhan (Farmacia Viva Shipibo Sanken Yaka de Paoyhan) is a community-based medicinal plant conservation project with a focus on community health using local medicinal plants for healing.
We are raising funds for the local health clinic in Paoyhan and the Farmacia Viva committee who are uniquely poised to offer support to their community during this difficult time. Funds will go toward medical supplies for the health post, and to the Living Shipibo Pharmacy committee to distribute essentials to families in need and to make their own medicines from the medicinal forest garden site. This money will be allocated for them to spend at their discretion as the situation in their community demands.
We are a team of researchers who have been helping accompany and facilitate the project and build capacity with the committee since its inception in 2017. We are trying to do all we can to support the community in this time of collective hardship.
We know that this time is difficult for many of us, but your donations are greatly appreciated! Ichabires irake!!
We also wish to direct you this fundraiser providing care packages and medical supplies to Paoyhan .
For more information about the impacts of COVID on Amazonian communities and ways to help, Society of the Anthropology of Lowland South America has compiled information and resources.
More information on the health crisis in Pucallpa and Peru in an article from The Guardian
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