COVID-19  Mexico Project #47964

Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico

by Atzin Mexico / Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario AC
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico
Atzin responds to covid19 in Mexico

Summary

Atzin's health promoters - all young women from the community - responded quickly to the threat of covid19. They rolled out a three-part plan starting in mid-March: community education about covid with home visits, street by street; distribution of food packages every two weeks to 600+ families who are most in need; provision of medicines for those with chronic conditions; and, sewing 4,500+ cloth face masks with distribution to families. Despite difficult circumstances, their work continues.

$10,000
total goal
$8,715
remaining
110
donors
0
monthly donors
6
months

Challenge

Families depend on street sales to tourists for income. Due to covid19, the tourists have vanished, along with their livelihood. Household food reserves are now exhausted while food for purchase has soared in price. The smoke from cooking over open fires pollutes the air with particulate matter and damages people's lungs. The number of people who are acutely vulnerable to covid19 is shockingly high because of pre-existing health conditions and nutritional deficiencies.

Solution

Covid19 is hitting the community hard - to date, the outbreak has meant 32 deaths in the last six weeks, with no signs of a downward curve. The major emphases of the current Atzin's covid campaign are: feed the hungry and most vulnerable; support the chronically ill, those with covid symptoms, and those who have lost a family member; continue community education; and record deaths, illness and contacts as much as is possible.

Long-Term Impact

Given the village conditions of acute poverty with a toxic environment, covid entered Tlamacazapa as a viral storm. The first months of the Atzin covid campaign have been hard, steady work carried out by the Atzin team and a corps of courageous young women in the village. As the only organization working on covid in this large village of 8000 people, our aim is to contain its impact: to help stop the spread of covid and mitigate its consequences.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.atzin.org
Campaign photos and education materials - homepage

Organization Information

Atzin Mexico / Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario AC

Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos - Mexico
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @N/A
Project Leader:
Susan Smith
Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico
$1,285 raised of $10,000 goal
 
110 donations
$8,715 to go
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