Indigenous Peoples and Health: Issues for Discussion and Debate

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Feb 2001
The discussion paper presents a summary of health specialist concerns, followed by a summary of concerns for those working on indigenous peoples' issues. The final section attempts to highlight areas of agreement and define questions for debate. In each section, the reader is encouraged to consider at least three levels of analysis: the conceptual framework, the implicit priority setting mechanisms, and technical proposals. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind at least three different kinds of "health programs": those that aim to make "Western Medicine" available for indigenous peoples; those that aim to support and promote "Indigenous Medicine" (including medications and medical practices); and those that seek to integrate the two.