The Ministry of Public Health of the province of Misiones has worked in recent years to strengthen the health system, incorporating an intercultural approach.
The Directorate of Community Programs for Primary Health Care, Techaî Mbya Indigenous Health of the Undersecretariat for Primary Care and Environmental Health, are the bodies in charge of carrying out this project. Since March 2021, the health strategy with an intercultural approach began to take shape, especially to serve indigenous groups.
To this end, the Directorate of Indigenous Health, the Maternal Neonatal Hospital, in cooperation with Unicef Argentina, published the "Guide for the implementation of safe motherhood with an intercultural approach" and the "Paternal, Ser y Estar Guide: Active and Responsible Paternity". In this way, 27 indigenous health teams in the province of Misiones serve this population group in a timely manner.
The intercultural strategy achieved the creation of quality nodes so that the implementation of a telehealth program in the Mbya Guarani communities was possible. The telehealth project continues to develop and will focus on the cardiovascular health of the Mbya communities.
Through the Tele Cardio Network, the aim is to carry out coordinated work with federal programs that promote Digital Health and Telehealth, such as Sumar, Redes and Proteger. For this, the installation of the necessary equipment of digital electrocardiographs has begun in the Primary Care Centers that are part of the network.
In this way, after the studies are carried out, patients could receive medical attention through consultations with trained professionals. Initially, the project covers six Primary Care Centers, whose professionals will be trained in the use of digital equipment and telehealth platforms.