What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
Ecomedicina as a news agency and informational internet portal that advertises benefits and advantages of Traditional Medicines came to my mind during the Public Policies Journalism course I took in Communication Faculty from UFRJ, when I met and studied the history and work processes of the Childhood Rights News Agency. The problem the faced was the need to advertise an innovative procedure and overcome resistances originated from the lack of information and distorted information broadcast by the media. I also recognized this as an extremely similar problem to the one we faced in advertising Homeopathy and the HDT Campaign. I understood the importance of reuniting the diversity of MT based in a common interest: to defend respect to minorities and the right to choose of users of public services through providing news and reliable information on the results for health and planetary sustainability.
Considering PNPIC as an innovation in Brazilian health, as a response to a WHO demand for inclusion and diversity, as a means to provide equality in health rights, we can understand the need for a modern concept that can be assimilated by contemporary cultural movements. Ecomedicina comes from big similarities of notions and conceptions of life and the universe shared by Ecology, Homeopathy and other MT, and the democratic governance. Democratic principles: respect to individual differences and minority rights as similar to the concepts of respect to biological diversity and ecosystems. Conception of “systemic balance” as similar to “state of health”. So there it was a modern and strong argument, able to benefit from the contemporary diffusion of its central elements, as promoted by the culture for social and environmental sustainability that is now present all around the world. Allied to participation as an expression of individual and collective responsibility in the promotion of new values in education for citizenship. In 2009 Ecomedicina comes as a new project that refreshes and amplifies the campaign for defense of rights and equality of acess for users of public services to have therapeutical choice, increasing the possibilities for partnerships and attraction of new users, which are essential elements to show demand for a redemocratization of health. Ecomedicina is a news agency, web portal for information and promotion of citizenship, reference of services and reliable information, oriented by the importance of ensuring safety in health decisions.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
A son of spiritist public servants, I was educated to serve and be useful. As a student of a catholic and liberal school, I was encouraged to practice autonomy and leadership, with active participation in Student Representation. I entered medical school and in the first 2 years I have lived outside of my home city, which was important to learn to have an independent life. In medica school I can highlight 2 internship years and 1 year residence in a Hospital for Infections and Parasite Diseases, a place very poor in all technological resources, where I had the company of a master in clinical exams, preparing me to be a doctor “anywhere in the country”. Simultaneously, I worked as an intern in clinical pathologies, specialized in bacteria cultures and serum diagnosis exams. I believed I was doing the “medical math”: the disease caused by the bug and the specific drug to eliminate it. Questions and contradictions in the carthesian logic of medicine, long since noted, made me discover Homeopathy and took me to study in Argentine. There was no formation for Homeopathic doctors in Brazil.
My return, in 1980, made me join other colleagues who studied abroad to found a course to spread what we learnt. I acted for 18 years as a professor and director in a school for homeopathy doctors, having done activities as a volunteer to provide homeopathic assistance to thepublic. At the same time I worked to consolidate representation of this professional class, an education supply and to institutionalize homeopathy as a public practice. Ten years ago I founded Action for Our Fellows, an organization with a mission of providing homeopathic assistance to the population in social and economic disadvantage and ensure the right of access to homeopathy. In 2002 I participated in the process of writing the text of PNPIC. In May 2006, when PNPIC was published, I identified gaps, omission of resources and monitoring criteria that compromised the implementation of the proposal. After consultation with the Public Ministry I wrote the petition tja originated the HDT Campaign, for which I developed principles for collection of signatures based on the municipalization of public health, building a basis to recognize it as an instrument to demonstrate demand and foster social control. In these 30 years as a homeopathic doctor I was convinced of the iniquity in which students, preofessionals and homeopathy users are inserted, as well as the other Traditional Medicines. This iniquity is a consequence of the ignorance about individual rights and minority rights – which are invisible today.
Son of public servants, student from a catholic school, graduated in Medical School with internship in Infections and Parasite Diseases, post-graduated in Homeopathy in Argentina, founder, professor and director of a homeopathy school for doctors. Was part of the board of: Instituto Hahnemanniano do Brasil, Comissão de Educação, Conselho de Entidades Formadoras, Associação Médica Homeopática Brasileira, Câmara Técnica de Homeopatia do Conselho Regional de Medicina do RJ.
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