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Reference : V-P-BR-N-00005
Date : 1970
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : Brazilian Amazon region. Blood sampling and hemoglobin analysis in a Kayopo Indian tribe by doctors Bakker and Habersang.
Photographer : FUERST, René
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Medical mission to the Brazilian Amazon region.
On 10 May 1970, a team of three doctors (one German, one Dutch, and one Swedish), as well as the ICRC Delegate-General for Latin-America, and a Swiss ethnologist, leave Geneva for Brazil with more than a ton of equipment. Their mission is to enquire into the living and health conditions of the indigenous populations in various regions of the Brazilian Amazon. In Rio de Janeiro the team is joined by a doctor from the Brazilian Red Cross. On 16 May the team takes off for Isabel do Morro (llha do Bananal). From that day until 7 August it travels some 12,500 miles taking in: llha do Bananal (about 350 miles north of Brasilia), the Parque Nacional do Xingú, Cuiabá (Mato Grosso), Vilhena (on the border between the Mato Grosso and Rondonia), Porto Velho (Rondonia), Guajará-Mirim (then back to Porto Velho), Manaus, Tabatinga (and back to Manaus), Boa Vista, Parque Nacional do Tumucumaque, Belem, Maraba, Santa Isabel. From these various places the team covers much ground in expeditions lasting several days, by plane, canoe, or on foot. Having full freedom of movement, the Red Cross doctors make contact with more than twenty tribes in some thirty villages and representative of more than a third of the 50,000—70,000 Indian inhabitants of the Brazilian Amazon region. From all these tribes the doctors take blood samples for laboratory analysis. In each village, they examine many people and administer more medical supplies, particularly at Bananal, Upper Xingú, Cuiabá and Guajará-Mirim.
Source: ICRC Annual Report, 1970
Original material : negative
Resolution : 2933x3000
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : black and white