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Serviços Humanitários / 15/06/2020

The humanitarian aid Latin America has received to face a pandemic

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The humanitarian aid Latin America has received to face a pandemic


The humanitarian aid Latin America has received to face a pandemic

the UN to the World Bank, passing through countries like China and Cuba, they have sent professionals, medical elements and other types of elements to attend to the health emergency.


In all of Latin America and the Caribbean there are about 61,200 positive cases and about 2,600 people who died COVID-19, according to data Johns Hopkins University (United States).

Although the coronavirus has spread almost throughout the world, there are regions or countries that are more vulnerable to its effects due to socio-political crises, international sanctions, corruption or the actions of illegal groups, among others.

Latin America, with an estimated population between 633 and 666 million inhabitants (according to UN estimates) is one of these cases.

That is why, in the midst of the global crisis caused by the declared pandemic, international organizations and governments have sent aid of different types to the region.

United Nations

For example, on April 8 the United Nations Organization distributed its collection center in Panama, at least eight tons of humanitarian aid to countries in the region to face the coronavirus pandemic. This project had the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Program (WFP).

Francisco Quesada, manager of the humanitarian warehouse, indicated that up to that day more than forty shipments had been made in 25 countries with supplies for health workers such as masks, gloves, gowns, goggles and disinfectants.

According to Quesada detailed to regional media, two shipments have been made to Ecuador due to the high number of people affected (deceased and infected) by the coronavirus. At least one ton of items such as masks and tests for COVID-19 were shipped to this country.

But in Venezuela a plane landed that same day with 90 tons of aid the UN to deal with the pandemic. As reported by the Organization in a statement, the shipment included "28,000 personal protective equipment for front-line health workers, oxygen concentrators, pediatric beds, products for water quality control and hygiene kits, among others."

China, Russia, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates

Since China (epicenter of COVID-19) managed to control the crisis and stopped reporting cases of local contagion, it began to send aid to different countries, including equipment, medical workers, supplies and its medical model in various parts of the world.

As reported in late March by the China International Cooperation and Development Agency (Cidca), the country had already provided assistance to 89 countries and four international organizations to combat the coronavirus.

Aid then reached nine countries on the American continent.

The Asian giant has already made two shipments with more than 85 tons of aid to Venezuela, including masks, gloves, protective suits and protective glasses, as well as 15,000 kits for diagnostic tests for the virus.

In addition, on March 30 a group of Chinese experts (doctors, scientists and specialists in different disciplines) arrived in the Caribbean country to assist Venezuela in containing the disease. With the mission came 22 tons of supplies, such as 500 thousand rapid tests, fans, biosecurity protection suits, among others.

The Chinese ambassador to Venezuela, Li Baorong, then stressed that it was the first time that his country had sent experts in the management of the coronavirus to Latin America.

Venezuelan authorities have also reported two medically assisted flights Russia.

Likewise, in mid-March, the Chinese ambassador to Argentina, Zou Xiaoli, notified the delivery to the southern country of a second package of sanitary supplies with 100,000 masks, 50,000 reagent packages and 10 respirators.

For its part, Cuba has sent dozens of doctors and nurses to more than 30 countries (including Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Suriname, Granada and Haiti, in the region), to support them in the fight against the new coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Colombian government reported last Wednesday (April 8) the arrival of a flight with 13 tons of humanitarian aid the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The donation included protection items for medical personnel, diagnostic kits and equipment for a high-performance laboratory, 15,000 overalls and protective suits, 15,000 medical gowns, 500,000 gloves, 30,000 shoe covers, 20,000 masks, 6,000 disinfectants and 10,000 rapid detection kits for COVID-19, among other items.

world Bank

Furthermore, earlier this month the World Bank (WB) announced the launch of the first health support operations for emergencies in developing countries worldwide, through an "exclusive disbursement mechanism Quick".

According to the World Bank, a first group of projects, for an amount of USD 1.9 billion, would be used to help 25 countries. On the other hand, the organism indicated that it was advancing with "new operations in more than 40 countries through

e the accelerated disbursement process ”.

“Likewise, the World Bank is working to redirect resources current projects financed by the institution, worth up to USD 1.7 billion (…) and is preparing to distribute up to USD 160,000 million in the next 15 months in order to support measures against COVID-19, ”the entity reported.

This economic program is intended to help countries respond to the immediate health consequences of the pandemic and drive economic recovery, as well as reduce recovery time, create the conditions for growth, support small and medium-sized enterprises. , and help protect poor and vulnerable people.

Among the Latin American nations initially benefited by the World Bank are Haiti, the poorest country in the region, Paraguay and Ecuador, with USD 20 million each, as well as Argentina with USD 35 million.

The coronavirus

COVID-19 was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December.

According to data Johns Hopkins University (United States), the death toll coronaviruses in the world is more than 113,300, while infections exceed 1,835,000 cases.

Globally, there are more than 421 thousand recovered the coronavirus.

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