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10 August, 2020

Dear Neil and colleagues,

Yesterday (9 August) marked International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous communities should not be overlooked when considering access to quality healthcare information.

Here I share (with permission) some content from an email from Tim Jesudason, from the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC; www.trachomacoalition.org), which may interest members. Please contact Tom for further information ictccommsATgmailDOTcom.

I've paraphrased some of Tim's original message.

"Indigenous communities can differ significantly in regard to culture, language and social practices. To #beatNTDs, tailored approaches are needed that effectively engage communities."

Read the blog: Why tailored programs are needed to improve indigenous health: Lessons from the global trachoma program https://www.trachomacoalition.org/news-blogs/why-tailored-programs-are-n...

"#Brazil has almost 5 million people living in trachoma endemic areas. ICTC asked @PAHO’s Martha Saboya why indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by trachoma & what is being done to achieve #healthforall. #IndigenousPeoplesDay"

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yu2Q2C8HFs

Nomadic populations often have limited access to health services. Working with communities is critical to develop tailored strategies to ensure that services can be provided where they are needed, when they are needed. #IndigenousPeoplesDay #beatNTDs

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJiize3yqzo&feature=youtu.be

Best wishes

Julie

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group

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Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com