Information Regarding Indigenous Health as Researched by Someone Who Has No Idea What He’s Doing

One of the things that surprised me in the slideshow was the idea that public health is a “negative”. When things are going well, nothing is happening and that’s the point. I never really thought about it that way, I guess? A second thing that surprised me was the fact that heart disease is a leading cause of death worldwide as well as here in the States. I kind of thought that was an American thing, what with our giant sodas and cheeseburgers soaked in grease. I was also a little surprised that cancer doesn’t seem as high up on the list of causes of death globally. Here in America, cancer seems to hit somebody new every ten seconds.

One of the articles I found was Mining on the Guajira Peninsula: Wayuu Communities Fight against Coal Extraction by Giulia McDonnel in September 2016: In this article, it is mentioned that the Wayuu indigneous communities are fighting against the coal companies whose pollution is damaging to their environment and health. Coal, as we know from our own history with it, isn’t too kind to the human body and the runoff from its production isn’t much better. This story is from Columbia and Venezuela.

The second article I managed to find regarding indigenous health was one titled Health, Disease, and Survival: A Biomedical and Genetic Analysis of the Orang Asli of Malaysia, about a book of the same name. In this article, from December 1999, it is said that the Orang Asli live in remote, rural, areas, and are largely ignored by the main malaysian population. The author mentions a range of diseases like Dengue fever and the lack of help that these people are receiving.  The author of the book mentioned by the article attempts to draw attention to their plight but, ironically, does not really take the personal accounts of the Orang Asli into print.

The third article I found was titled: Proposed Twin Ocean Railroad Through the Amazon Raises Concerns from July 25, 2016. In this article, it is stated by the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) that the railroad might put indigenous tribes, only recently contacted by the modern world, in danger of diseases brought by workers from elsewhere in the country. These people have not been exposed to certain threats that we have built up a tolerance to in regular society. The SALSA organization sent a letter to the President of Brasil outlining these concerns.

One of the main problems I had in making this post was finding articles that actually fit the criteria set forth in the assignment. The search bar was totally useless. I desperately typed in word after word relevant to the subject: health issues, health, disease, etc. The search function responded with things regarding environmental concerns. It was a time-consuming nightmare in which I bashed my head against the wall in frustration. Success seems a bit hard to gauge here. I’m not sure which part of this assignment, if any, went well enough to snag the grade. It’s a learning process, and I’m sure my next post assignment will be much better.





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