Covid-19 Emergency Action Fund to Help Threatened Mayan Communities

Hundreds of vulnerable indigenous communities in Mexico and Guatemala are facing potential devastation due to Covid-19.

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Urgent Action Needed to Help Threatened Communities

At Global Pediatric Alliance, we are facing the potential devastation of hundreds of vulnerable indigenous communities in Mexico and Guatemala. The ease and speed with which this virus is transmitted could literally wipe out many families in these villages, whose poverty and isolation from healthcare services put them at great risk. Many areas lack any information on the virus, water is scarce, and there is no way for families to isolate sick relatives. Many residents who had migrated to the US, and other areas are returning home to their families, without any preventative measures being taken. As the virus begins to spread here, women and children will be hit the hardest, and maternal and infant mortality rates could skyrocket.

To respond to this crisis, we are launching The Emergency Action Fund.

 The Emergency Action Fund will be used to:

  • Provide traditional midwives, often the sole caretakers for women and their families, with medical supplies, personal protection equipment, and information on the Covid-19 virus.
  • Work with partners on the ground so that children do not starve, as many communities are already experiencing critical food insecurity.
  • Ensure women with obstetric emergencies, and midwives and health promoters who fall ill get the care they need.
  • Monitor hospitals to ensure they do not refuse access to indigenous women. We will educate health personnel, and bring widespread attention to abuses.

We urgently need your help to reach our $20,000 goal.

Even a $15 donation helps pay for one midwife kit.

 

Through this difficult time, our commitment to the vulnerable women, children and communities we work with is stronger than ever. Together we can meet this challenge. Together, the actions we take can make a world of difference in the lives of so many.  Please join us.