Doctors there are in constant communication with the local people, specifically to explain the relevance of vaccines and the importance of prevention.
The girls that have received the HPV vaccine understand its benefit.
Lizet along with other girls in the community were given an explanation of why it is good to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus, which causes cervical cancer.
Margaret is Lizet’s older sister and has experienced the benefits of vaccines in her own life, so she shares her experience and knowledge with other members of the community. “I’m healthy and I feel fine,” she tells them.
Carola is the mother of three children who decided to ignore her fear of vaccines.
The community and the family unit are important in the Chipaya world view, strengthening ties between members of the indigenous nation, preserving its traditions, and enabling all members of the community to care for each other.
Carola recalls that vaccines have been in the community for many years. At first, vaccines were viewed with mistrust, she says. But when people realize that they have been good for the health of community members, they understand that these vaccines help preserve health and life, which are key to preserving indigenous nations and ancestral civilizations such as the Chipaya nation in Oruro, Bolivia.