Original Research

Learning process of implementing a cutaneous leishmaniasis capacity building program, using an innovative pedagogy for rural populations in Colombia


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Laura Sofia Zuluaga
1 MSc, Social Researcher *

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Natalia Gómez-Quenguán
2 MSc, Project Manager

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Jennifer Estrella-Insuasty
3 Research Assistant

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Martha Milena Bautista-Gomez
4 PhD, Coordinator of the Social Health Research Unit


1, 2, 4 Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médica (CIDEIM); and Social Health Research Unit, Universidad Icesi, Cali, Valle del Cauca 760031, Colombia

3 Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médica (CIDEIM); and Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda 663018, Colombia

ACCEPTED: 18 July 2023

early abstract:

Participatory approaches to health often link capacity building as an indispensable process for strengthening the social capital of communities, in order to develop empowerment processes that lead to social transformation at the local level. In Pueblo Rico (Colombia), a capacity building program in cutaneous leishmaniasis and social skills for community work with school students, health workers and local leaders, was implemented from the perspective of social appropriation of knowledge, social innovation in health, and meaningful learning. This article seeks to evaluate the implementation of that pedagogical model, the results of the learning process and the impact of a Capacity Building Program in CL conducted in the municipality of Pueblo Rico.