Ancestral Medicine and Modern Medicine Care Center (CASAMA)



Delivery of Health Care, Indigenous Peoples, Medicine, Traditional, Community, Health Workers


The condition of vulnerability that falls on the indigenous population has led it to be currently at risk. One of the causes of this risk that the communities are facing today, is the high burden of communicable diseases with limited access to an adequate health service. Our main objective is to create a Center based on the exchange of knowledge between traditional medicine and modern medicine, we seek to guarantee greater social inclusion, offering the possibility of greater access to health services. For the development of the project three work phases have been proposed: approach and adaptation, care phase and legal transfer to beneficiaries and those who will ultimately oversee its administration and general operation. We are now on the first phase. We have begun by building a main “Tambo” where patients will be evaluated by previously trained indigenous leaders. It is intended to be a self-sustaining project, carefully designed to meet the requirements necessary for the basic provision of low-complexity health services. We are more concerned with the prevention of the disease than with its subsequent treatment, giving the community tools for self-care, management, and promotion.

Author Biographies

MD. MSc. PhD.

Doctor graduated from the Nueva Granada Military University, Master in Medical Sciences and Doctor in Medical Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He participates in the design, implementation and monitoring of research projects, intervention in health and health economics focused on infectious diseases, he is also an undergraduate and postgraduate university professor in the area of ​​microbiology, at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and at the University of Antioquia. He works as a teacher for integrated microbiology and bioanalysis workshops. He has extensive experience in humanitarian medical assistance in vulnerable populations in South America, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to being one of the founders of the Grupo Piraguas Medicinales of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana with which it is possible to positively impact indigenous and marginalized communities of the departments of the Chocó and Antioquia mainly.


Bacteriologist with training in a clinical laboratory at the Colegio Mayor de Antioquia University Institution, specializing in Hematology and blood bank management at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master's degree in education from the Minuto de Dios University Corporation. It has various complementary training courses and academic updating in E-learning Platforms, Bioethics and good clinical practices in human research with medicines, Clinical Bioethics, Diploma in Technology and Innovation in Education, among others.

Senior Researcher (IS) at Minciencias, with a broad field of research focused on health, natural and biological sciences. Extensive professional experience, including teaching activities at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He has several recognitions, has participated in evaluation committees.

Maria-Paula Rubiano-Varela, Student

Third-year medical student at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín - Colombia. From an early age, her vocation was manifested by showing an attitude of service and care that was always innate. At the beginning of the medical training, she had the opportunity to connect emotionally with patients through volunteering in medical brigades with indigenous peoples, opening her heart more to the community. Member of "Piraguas"; social projection group focused on providing primary health care to an isolated population in Nuquí-Chocó, one of the poorest regions of Colombia. Linked to the Clinical and Surgical Health research group, Health Education Line of the Pontifical Bolivarian University. Currently working on several projects including; New information technology, Burnout Syndrome and COVID-19.




How to Cite

Hernández Sarmiento, J. M., Martínez-Sánchez, L. M., & Rubiano-Varela, M.-P. (2021). Ancestral Medicine and Modern Medicine Care Center (CASAMA). Social Innovations Journal, 9. Retrieved from