"COVID-19 Response in Brazil" project enables health care to 272 riverside families in Manaus
Residents of communities located in the rural area of Manaus, received health care between December 1 and 4, during the third river trip of the project COVID-19 Response in Brazil, carried out by World Vision Brazil and funded by the Office of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this action, 272 families benefited from the delivery of 565 personal hygiene and disinfection kits, 21 gel alcohol totems and 91 medical appointments.
Health care activities in response to the emergence of the coronavirus, one of the fronts of the Project, are of great importance for the riverside population in Amazonas, which already suffers from the distance from the capital and the consequent difficulty in accessing basic health services, even most affected in the pandemic. To make service possible, World Vision uses the structure of Solidarity Ship, an ambulatory boat maintained in partnership with the Presbyterian Church and which has been in operation for over 10 years. In 2020, all trips made by the ship were in response to the emergency of COVID-19.
Helping those most in need
When it reaches the communities, the health team mobilizes for care, prioritizing emergency cases. Residents undergo screening, measuring blood pressure and blood glucose, measuring temperature and weight, and then go to the appointment with doctor, who in addition to treating each case with attention, also provide guidance on daily health care for prevent disease.
Edgar, 36, resident in the Bela Vista community, was one of those who benefited of the opportunity and convenience that the Project brings. “I received excellent quality medical care. Here we are a little forgotten, so I was very happy to have been seen in my community, without having to leave here to go to Manaus to get an appointment ”, he comments. He says that, because of the pandemic, it became even more difficult to receive medical assistance, as the trips, which were monthly, were canceled. Besides him, his two children, Douglas, 10, and Gabriela, 13, benefited from the service.
Another assisted family was Cintia’s, a housewife who lives in São Francisco do Igarapé do Chita. She took her three children, João Miguel, 3, Jonas, 29, and Abraão, 8, for medical appointment and describes how much the action made a difference for them. “It is very important to receive health care. We feel assisted, since those who are not always able to go to the doctor when the municipality service comes to the community”, she reinforces.
The COVID-19 Response in Brazil project offers a complete service to promote the prevention of coronavirus, including lectures, workshops and donation of personal hygiene kits and home disinfection. For the doctor Camila Maia, a professional who was on this last trip of Solidarity Ship, these material resources make a difference for the riverside communities. “The fact that we can guide patients on preventive and detachment measures and bring the kits helps a lot, as many people would not be able to buy them, due to reduced income. The hygiene kit allows them to comply with the recommendation we are going through”, she says.
The completeness of the actions to support the population, the responsibility and seriousness of World Vision's work are the aspects that the project manager, Angela Karinne Mota, is most proud of. “It is a project that involves education, awareness and transformation with the material provision and the necessary guidelines so that these populations can have all the possible preventive apparatus against COVID-19. So, we are dealing with a complete action to revert the situation of vulnerability in this period of pandemic.”
In the three days of activities, 91 people had gone through health - 59 adults and 32 children and adolescents. 305 nursing procedures were also performed and 202 medications were donated. So far, 150 medical consultations, 404 nursing procedures, 31 blood glucose tests, 14 dental consultations, 50 dental procedures and 402 medicines have been delivered.
About the COVID-19 Response in Brazil project
With an initial duration of six months, the actions of the Response to COVID-19 project in Brazil include training, distribution of hygiene and cleaning kits and mobilization of urban and riverside territories in the municipalities of Manaus, Manacapuru and Novo Airão, in addition to attention actions health and medical and dental care on board the hospital boat.
The goal is to reach more than 76 thousand people in 21 territories in the three municipalities. The accumulated balance of activities, to date, totals 3,019 disinfection kits and 3,019 personal hygiene kits and 417 gel totems for small businesses delivered.Attachments: