URACCAN generates healing spaces with frontline Covid-19 personnel
healing session at Jacinto Hernandez Hospital in New Guinea
healing session at Jacinto Hernandez Hospital in New Guinea
Judith Robleto

URACCAN, through its Center for Multi-Ethnic Women's Studies and Information (CEIMM-URACCAN), held the second healing session: "emotion management and mental health", aimed at health personnel caring for patients with covid-19, at Jacinto Hern√°ndez Hospital in New Guinea."

The activity was carried out in the auditorium of this hospital, as part of the process of implementing lines of action, arising from the results of the participatory action research "Gender, Violence and Spirituality", which has also in practiced the implementation of actions with 30 women in the communities El Verdun and Jerusalem, of the municipality of New Guinea. In this line, the accompaniment of 17 health workers and 47 nursing students, who are on the covid-19 hotline, responds to the contextual need, linked to the topics of study.

This action was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and prepared by URACCAN, for the facilitation of Mutual Support Groups, a space in which they expressed their emotions about feeling day by day, in a first-line space of health care.

According to teacher Danelia Benavides, CEIMM coordinator at the New Guinea precinct, "sessions are a space to reflect on new forms of discrimination in the people who were in the care of Covid-19, and how the management of emotions was in an individual, family and work way," he explained.

Both parties consider it important to continue to develop similar spaces, so that these mental health care spaces not only benefit the quality of care provided by health personnel, their clinical understanding capacity or decision-making skills, but can also make a significant impact on their well-being and quality of life.