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The pandemic has swept through the Tapajós, collapsing the region’s hospitals. Through the Pariri and Wakoborun associations, we, the Munduruku people, have launched an emergency campaign, gathering support from partners and public authorities to help us continue isolating in our villages while maintaining food security. We have obtained a series of donations that range from basic food supplies to medical equipment. We have also put pressure on the government to ensure that more intensive care hospital beds are provided. But we are still far from having the necessary resources to effectively protect ourselves against Covid-19.
Our plan entails three lines of action: health services, support for villages and public pressure. The first step is to establish sanitary barriers around all villages, ensuring the isolation of all the Munduruku peoples throughout our territories. In order for this to work, it is important that we have the material conditions to provide healthcare within our territories for mild cases, and the means to transport our relatives out of our territory in severe cases.
To monitor and care for mild cases, we will collaborate with the Special Indigenous Health District (DSEI) of the Tapajós to build intermediate care centers within schools or health posts in 17 Munduruku villages, which will include beds, hammocks, generators, oxygen monitoring equipment, medical equipment, medicine, and personal hygiene products. In addition, we intend to urgently invest in basic food supplies, as well as items for farming, fishing and hunting, thus guaranteeing food security within our territory.
We based our emergency plan on actions implemented in the upper Rio Negro region to fight the spread of Covid-19. In that region, actions bringing together the Special Indigenous Health District (DSE), indigenous communities and civil society organizations have been instrumental in saving many indigenous lives. Together, they have been able to provide rapid assistance to those facing respiratory complications due to Covid-19 as well as keep symptomatic indigenous people in isolation. Collaboration with the public authorities has also guaranteed a lockdown lockdown in several towns, which has helped to reduce the number of cases.
Within the last week, our collective action and pressure has helped us secure donations of oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and tests to detect the virus, in addition to staple food hampers, hygiene items and personal protective equipment (PPE) within our territory. We also intend to extend our pressure internationally and denounce the violation of human rights experienced by indigenous peoples to national and international organizations.
In practice, because of government inaction, public healthcare services for indigenous people do not the have sufficient human or financial resources. We cannot sit by while our people die. We need to raise resources and create a strong working alliance between indigenous communities, civil society and public health authorities, financed by those who support life. We must stand united to stop deaths within our territory.
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