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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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TORRES-SLIMMING, Paola. Globalization, the Camisea Project and the Matsigenkas health. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.3, pp.458-465. ISSN 1726-4634.

Globalization has been the consequence of an important opening of the economies, achieved through the reduction in the obstacles to commerce, elimination of the capital controls and exchange restrictions. The impact of the Camisea Project in the Peruvian economy has aroused great interest and controversy with respect to the future social and economic national impact, and especially, in the Matsigenka population, located in the 88 and 56 lots, where gas extraction is being done. The area of Camisea gas exploitation offers the challenge of a complex sanitary problem, not only because of the impacts and risks produced by the hidrocarbon exploitation, but also due to a legacy of economical and sanitary precariousness that has accumulated from other times. At the same time, this area offers the opportunity to rethink the public health system according to the indigenous reality. It is necessary to take action in the social determinants of inequity and poverty in order to reach the positive effects the globalization can have in health, ensuring the interests of developing countries and vulnerable populations.

Keywords : Indigenous population; Indigenous health; Petroleum industry; Environmental health; Peru.

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