Joti (Kayama and Iguana), Enepa (Kayama) and Piaroa (Betania de Topocho) Indigenous Venezuelans confront a catastrophic malaria epidemic. Communities are capable: they possess infrastructure and personnel-local medical facility, diagnostic equipment, microscopist, trained nurse, and a medical doctor willing to supervise. There is simply no medicine. They have asked our assistance to address the dire lack of medical and preventative resources needed to effectively protect and cure those affected.
The project will secure and deliver to these remote communities insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets customized for use with hammocks, and essential medications and supplies not currently available in Venezuela. These will significantly reduce rates of infection, reinfection, and mortality, especially among the most vulnerable members of the community, children and the elderly.
The project will protect and cure 3,000 people, prioritizing elders and children. This will rebuild communities' strong capacity to maintain their wellbeing. Alleviating malaria among Joti, Enepa and Piaroa may well determine their continued existence as peoples. Affected elders are the communities' traditional knowledge-holders, while children carry the hope for continuity of culture, language, place and relationship. For the people to survive, their elders and children must live and thrive.
Project page: Alleviating malaria in Venezuela