Indigenous Iauareté Women conceptions on reproductive health
The initial results of the demographic analysis based on the Autonomous Indigenous Census of the Rio Negro(CIARN) indicated possible maternal high mortality rates, that is, indigenous women in the whole Rio Negro region were dying immediately before or after delivery. With this information I tried to start a dialogue with the indigenous teachers in the Iauareté region (see maps 1, 2 and 3) on women’s health in order to begin a study on the perception these women had about their health. I carried out the study between 1997 and 2000 in close collaboration with the Association of Indigenous Women of the District of Iauareté (AMIDI), a grassroots association linked to FOIRN. The work initially was geared to learning the concepts of reproductive health of Tukano women, trying to relate them with the fertility levels and patterns of these women. The goal on the part of the women of the AMIDI was to produce recommendations for public health policies with respect to the health of indigenous women in the Rio Negro region.