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A Confluence of Three Crises in the Amazon

Health In Harmony, the Rio Iriri’s Residents Association (AMORERI), Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and the Federal University of Pará Medical School (UFPA) are joining forces to protect the Xingu River Basin – a vital portion of the Brazilian Amazon. Lack of access to healthcare is forcing Traditional and Indigenous communities to permanently desert their ancestral lands for cities where health facilities exist. When they leave, their land is at risk of being overtaken by cattle ranchers and large-scale agriculture operations.

Our partnership comes at a time when COVID-19 is not only devastating communities, but also accelerating their displacement, deforestation, land grabbing, and other threats to the climate-critical Amazon. During this webinar, expert panelists will share more about the importance of the Xingu, the power of partnership, our emergency response to the pandemic, and community-designed solutions for long-term stewardship of the Amazon. 


Assis Porto de Oliveira, President, Rio Iriri’s Residents Association (AMORERI)

Assis is a member of the Xingu’s riverine community, an avid fisherman, Brazil nut collector, and an exceptional community leader.

Fabiola Moreira, Assistant Coordinator, Xingu Program, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Fabiola is an agronomist with a Master’s degree in biodiversity and conversation, as well as a PhD in Geography. In her role as Assistant Coordinator at ISA, she manages coordination with the Rede Cantinas da Terra do Meio (Terra do Meio Cantina’s Network).

Érika Pellegrino, MD, Psychiatrist and Professor, Federal University of Pará (UFPA)

Érika is a psychiatrist with training in primary care and a professor at the Federal University of Pará Medical School. She works with riverine and Indigenous communities in Altamira that were relocated due to the construction of the Belo Note Dam. Erika visits Traditional communities along the Xingu River to provide healthcare.

Dr. Kinari Webb, Founder, Health In Harmony

Kinari developed the vision for Health In Harmony on an undergraduate trip, studying orangutans at Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo in 1993. She graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and then founded Health In Harmony in 2005 to advance the combined human and environmental work that she envisioned. Kinari also co-founded Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI).

Thiago De Sousa Leal, Translator

Thiago Leal, from São Paulo, who graduated from the Law School of University of São Paulo (USP). He is a translator, interpreter, social communicator in Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre, educator, and a resident in the Xingu since 201

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