Globalization, the Camisea Project and the Matsigenkas health


  • Paola Torres-Slimming Médica, Diplomado en Medicina Tropical e Higiene, Magister en Control de Enfermedades Infecciosas. facultad de Medicina, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.



Indigenous population, Indigenous health, Petroleum industry, Environmental health, Peru


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.


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Torres-Slimming P. Globalization, the Camisea Project and the Matsigenkas health. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2010 Sep. 28 [cited 2024 May 23];27(3). Available from:

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