Munduruku organizations’ actions to combat the Coronavirus pandemic
ACTIONS CARRIED OUT SINCE MARCH 2020/THE BEGINNING OF QUARANTINE
STRENGTHENING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION
The Wakoborun association is also working to support and strengthen communication within Munduruku villages, either through the purchase of amateur radio equipment or by collaborating with the installation and payment of satellite internet in the most distant villages. Both of these actions facilitate the access and transfer of information within Munduruku territory. In addition, the association also translated informative materials on covid-19 into the Munduruku language as well as creating a booklet on how to stop the spread of the virus. Materials were mainly circulated via whatsapp.
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP
The Wakoborun Association promoted a workshop for the production of ointments and traditional medicines in the Fazenda village on the Tapajós River. In a small group, to safeguard the safety and health of participants, there was an intense sharing of wisdom to face the pandemic at this very difficult time. The use of medicines from the pharmacy must be complemented by the Munduruku's own medicines so that we can overcome this virus.
Delivery of food hampers to the villages of the middle Tapajós and educating and informing about the covid-19 pandemic.
With the support of the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and other partners and funds to combat covid-19, the Pariri Association delivered food baskets in eleven villages in the middle Tapajós, to ensure their food security during the pandemic period. During the months of March and April, several actions were also carried out in these villages to raise awareness about the importance of isolation in the territory and to educate and inform about hygiene and security measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
ACEWEWEKUK – Wakoborun
In April, the Munduruku Wakoborun Women's Association promoted a health expedition - ACEWEWEKUK – which visited the villages of the Cururu River. At this difficult time, the Association sought the unity of its people, providing information and care to several villages. Materials for fishing, hunting, cleaning, masks and basic food were delivered to the villages to help keep people isolated, away from the cities, where the virus is spreading rapidly. The association works little by little, like ants, helping elders and women with babies on their lap to face the pandemic.
DONATION OF RESPIRATORS
The Pariri Indigenous Association and the Wakoborun Women's Association, on June 18th, 2020, received 40 oxygen concentrators donated by Amazon Watch in partnership with Dsei Tapajós, Saúde Alegria, Greenpeace and Expedicionário da Saúde, who are all supporting our fight against Covid19.
We still need more concentrators and other equipment for the intermediate care units being set up in the villages by DSEI Tapajós.
In Katõ village, for example, more than 100 of the 600 people living there have tested positive and there is only one concentrator at the community centre to help treat people.