Our story begins in the 1980s, shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized the validity and importance of traditional medicines as a method to improve human health, especially in developing countries.
Initially, we trained health promoters to integrate natural remedies in their work, prioritizing the use of medicinal plants, as well as valuing and learning from the knowledge of healers and midwives. Our first steps were to introduce health promoters to the resources and systems of indigenous health.
Since the year 2000, we have promoted the recovery and revival of traditional indigenous health systems in the Ecuadorian amazon. Additionally, we have fostered dialogues between traditional healers and the Western health system to foster an intercultural, interdisciplinary use of the two.
Seeking to validate and increase the success of our endeavors, we officially became the Sacha Warmi Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization, recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Ecuador in 2018 (Ministerial Agreement No. DM-2018- 035, March 6, 2018).