MUHE Network (Multispecies Health Network)
Collective care for ourselves and others – without individualism and anthropocentrism – is the basis of the multispecies health we conceive. Far from being a naïve abstraction of a world without suffering, this care is about taking the interests of others seriously, engaging in conflicts to try to solve them as fairly as possible and cultivating our empathy for other living beings. While species is a category of biological taxonomy, it also denotes and connotes a set of entities with something in common. There can be biological species, but also species of beings, knowledge, relationships and existences. Therefore, multispecies collectives are not limited to living beings, much less to animals. The composition of a given multispecies collective is always circumstantial and linked to a point of view. The health of multispecies collectives understood in this way is located on the colonial-capitalist peripheries of modernity. What this health seeks is not the inclusion of the peripheries in the colonial centre; on the contrary, it seeks to make them so peripheral that they are beyond the reach of the pathological marginalisation operated by that centre. It’s about public and collective health, based on good living (buen vivir), which doesn’t want to prematurely and anthropocentrically close off the composition of the public and the collective.
Discussions on gender, borders and multispecies agencies with collective health marked the First Seminar – Cosmpolitics of Care at the End of the World. Professor Oswaldo Baquero was one of those invited to speak about multispecies health at the roundtable ‘Not defending the indefensible’: knowledge, experiences and bodies-territories for other health for other publics. Watch the seminar here.
The SUP Network project brings the public policy for the reproductive control of dogs and cats to the São Remo community. This is the second castration campaign in a partnership between the Municipal Health Department’s Coordination of Domestic Animal Health and Protection (COSAP), USP’s Campus Prefecture and USP’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.
The Urban Composition meeting is a community initiative to will address the physical and mental health of children and adolescents in the peripheries, particularly abuse and exploitation. The event will bring toigehter community leaders and health professionals. The issue will also be addressed from the perspective of One Health of Peripheries. The event will be held at the Jardim São Remo Residents’ Association, Rua Aquinés, 109, on 29 April 2023, between 2pm and 6pm.