Indigenous Health, Social Inequity, and Interculturality: Research and Critical Evaluation of Interventions Implemented In Peru

The implementation of intercultural health programs, often understood as the integration of indigenous and biomedical models of medicine, is a common challenge in many countries. Currently there is great interest in implementing intercultural health programs in Peru and throughout the Latin American region. This project capitalizes on this window of political and social interest. It looks at the challenges of implementing intercultural health programs by examining three case studies in Peru, selected for their potential to provide lessons and best practices. The three case studies are an intercultural maternal health program delivered by the Ministry of Health; a health program implemented by an indigenous organization to address the lack of public health services reaching their communities; and a food and nutrition program for women, children, and the elderly, implemented by a non-governmental organization, that integrates indigenous knowledge and practices. The project will be led by researchers from the Institute for Peruvian Studies. From the case studies, best practices and recommendations for effective intercultural health programming will be drawn. Results will be shared with local and national actors, including the Peruvian body responsible for implementing intercultural health.

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44 months

IDRC Officer

Chaitali Sinha

Total funding

CA$ 535,500




Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Carmen Yon Leau


Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

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