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World Health Organization myth busters and indigenous perceptions of COVID-19: Quechua and Shipibo communities
journal contributionposted on 2023-09-05, 00:20 authored by Liliana Sánchez, Helen Koulidobrova
When the COVID (SARS-V2) pandemic swept across the world, it impacted Indigenous communities more than others. This is due to a variety of reasons: socioeconomic injustice and racialization, lack of access to equitable healthcare, and linguistic discrimination. As a result, several communities and community types demonstrated this effect when perceptions of inferences or other COVID-related information were measured. This paper reports on a participatory collaborative study with two Indigenous communities in rural Peru-ten Quechua-speaking communities in Southern Cuzco and three Shipibo-speaking communities in Ucayali regions. We investigate the communities' level of preparedness for the crisis by eliciting answers based on the World Health Organization COVID 'MythBusters' in a form of a semi-structured interview. Interviews were transcribed, translated, and analyzed in search of the effect of three variables: gender (male/female), language group (Shipibo/Quechua), and proficiency in the Indigenous language (from 0 to 4). Data reveal that all three variables have some effect on the target comprehension of COVID-related messages. Additionally, we explore other possible explanations.
COVID19 RAPID Collaborative Relevance of linguistic and cross-cultural appropriateness in communication during the pandemic: Limited proficiency in the economically dominant language | Funder: National Science Foundation | Grant ID: BCS-2033712
CitationSánchez, L.Koulidobrova, H. (2023). World Health Organization myth busters and indigenous perceptions of COVID-19: Quechua and Shipibo communities. Ampersand, 10, 100118-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2023.100118