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Intercultural Health in Colombia. Perspectives from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

The course presents an approach to intercultural health, based on the recognition of the health systems of the peoples and ethnic communities in Colombia. More specifically, this course will allow participants to approach alternative perspectives on medicine and learn about the specific challenges related to the Arhuaco Indigenous People's health. We will propose a specific reflection on the way in which the articulation between the conventional and indigenous health system will be carried out for the effective attention of the users.

Addressed to

Health Science professionals and students who are interested in intercultural health, traditional knowledge and indigenous studies; likewise, professionals and students who have the disposition to generate a knowledge dialogue with the members of the Arhuaco People.


General objectives

  • This experience seeks to open reflection spaces on interculturality in the health environment, in this way, participants will have a comprehensive understanding in health systems of indigenous people.

Specific objectives
  • Know about the own practices and the specific challenges of the health system of the Arhuaco People.
  • Identify the articulation between both health systems.
  • Generate intercultural training in areas of participants' health.


  • The "knowledge dialogue" through the "creative couples" between indigenous and non-indigenous trainers who, in a symmetrical relationship of intercultural recognition, build and share broader and complementary views of the different topics to be developed.
  • The "reflection - participatory action" as the fundamental axis of the training process. As stated all his life by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, "nobody educates anyone. We educate ourselves in community". Therefore, we will offer a space for the knowledge exchange through educational tools of co-learning, looking to break the vertical relationship between the educator and the learner.It will search the mainstreaming of gender and indigenous approaches in each of the learning moments, understanding that democratic intercultural approaches require incorporating perspectives and visibilities of excluded and marginalized population and social sectors.z And that includes the combination of classroom learning activities with field learning, exchanging experiences of self-government and sustainability of the territories with identity, through dialogue with the Taitas, the mayoras and the women of the community.
  • The course will have several dimensions:
  • Theoretical discussions on interculturality and the recognition of indigenous autonomy related to the health.
  • Presentations on experiences of own health programs in Colombia and the Sierra Nevada. 
  • Practical exercises completion in collaboration with members of the health post and members of the Nabusimake community.
  • Approaches to the distinctive ways that the Arhuaco people have to understand health and disease.


Get oneself practical tools on intercultural health, in particular of the Arhuaco People.


Zaran Robles

Universidad del Rosario


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Dunén Muelas

Universidad del Rosario


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Dates: July 21st to July 26th, 2019.
Venue: Nabusimake, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Colombia.
Intensity: 28 hours.

Type of Offer: Course
Requirements: Students from Health sciences​.
Credits: 2 UR credits (3.4 ECTS)
Language: Spanish
School: Interdisciplinary Research Group on Peace, Conflict and Post-Conflict -  JANUS
Fee: $ 1,600,000 COP - USD $508 (aprox.)

  • 10% Early bird discount (until July 6th, 2019)
  • 10% UR Community
  • 10% International Community

Organizing committee

  • Dunén Muelas -  UR Intercultural, Universidad del Rosario.

*Universidad del Rosario holds the right to change or modify the timeline and/or the speakers of the course.