SINCE 2004 DELIVERING DIGNITY AND HEALTH TO THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
A few times a year, a group of friends—mostly doctors—organized outdoor hikes. The group had the chance to visit a Yanomami community in 2002 when they traveled to the Pico da Neblina Mountain in the state of Amazonas.
The group decided to transform their journeys into healthcare expeditions focused on providing primary to tertiary health care services for the numerous indigenous tribes within the Brazilian Legal Amazon zone after being astounded by an healthcare environment that was very different from the one they knew.
They sought out the organizations in charge of local healthcare in order to better understand how medical services operated in the territory and to prepare effective participation. As a result, the EDS Association was formally established in 2003.
The “Operating in the Amazon” Program was born as a result of the original trekking trips, which have since evolved into yearly medical expeditions into indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon region.