Most families in communities like Tlamacazapa already struggle with acute poverty as they are dependent on street sales to tourists for cash income. Tourists have vanished because of covid 19; and so has their income. This microproject responds to the needs of the most vulnerable in rural villages in northern Guerrero (Mexico). The Atzin campaign has two components: 1) community education about covid-19 and family assistance; 2) production of cloth face masks and hand sanitizer.
Villagers are a vulnerable population because of notable malnutrition, weakened immune systems, and rapidly increasing rates of diabetes and hypertension among middle aged adults. They lack accurate information about covid-19, especially information on the symptoms and how to protect themselves from becoming ill. A coordinated response to the covid-19 crisis is critical, one that can alert the village to the basic recommendations and provide food supplementation for those who most need it.
Campaign will produce flyers with pictures outlining key recommendations on covid-19 prevention, to be distributed by Atzin promoters during visits to all households. Promoters and children will learn proper handwashing with soap with precautions taken for all programs. Sewers will produce cloth face masks to lower the risk of contamination, with instructions on use and care, to be distributed to promoters and families with patients. Distribution of food packages (beans) to most needy families.
Recognizing the many difficulties of living in a rural area with few nearby services, our objective during this prevention of covid19 campaign is to help these vulnerable families understand the crisis, and know what to do to help prevent the illness in their household. By sharing information packages and products, other groups in rural communities in the state will benefit.