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Bring telemedicine to Indigenous Amazonians to combat COVID



Our goal
Install 5 internet points to provide telemedicine to remote communities with a university partner.
The Challenge

COVID threatens communities and the rainforest in the Amazon.

The Indigenous and Traditional communities in the Xingu River Basin of the Amazon are living at the nexus of three crises - COVID-19, the climate crisis, and social injustice. COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting these communities as healthcare is very challenging to access and afford. If these families leave their land for medical care in the city, it can be seized by cattle ranchers or others who would degrade the forest.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this portion of the Amazon. It acts as a Green Barrier against deforestation for the rest of the Amazon, and scientists estimate that if the Xingu is lost, the rest of the Amazon may be pushed past a tipping point of no longer being able to generate enough rain to remain a rainforest. This would have devastating consequences for the global climate.

Indigenous people have proven to be the best stewards of their land, and the biodiversity, ecosystems, and carbon they contain, which are critical for all of our health. In the Amazon, as well as elsewhere, Indigenous health and land tenure are threatened, exacerbated by climate change impacts, such as fire, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Solution

Providing internet points to bring telemedicine.

Through Health In Harmony's innovative Radical Listening process, communities identified telemedicine as a part of what they need from the world as a thank you for protecting this precious rainforest. Local and Indigenous communities are the experts, and Radical Listening means asking communities what they need to protect their environment and investing precisely in their answers. This is an effective method for facilitating locally-designed, community-led, sustainable interventions that work.

We are partnering with Instituto Socioambiental, a trusted environmental and social civil society organization, and the Medical School at the Federal University of Para, as well as directly with the communities to implement these projects. Physicians at the University will provide the telemedicine support to the medical professionals and patients in the communities, as well as conducting healthcare training remotely and on health journeys into the communities.

By supporting installation and maintenance of Wi-Fi hotspots at five strategically located points, we can improve communication between physicians and local healthcare workers, improve care, and reduce exposure to COVID-19 in these remote Indigenous and Traditional communities.

Your Impact

Your gift can help 2,000 people receive healthcare access and protect the rainforest!

All of humanity depends on listening to these communities and investing in their solutions for continuing to protect the critical Amazon rainforest. This project will meet pandemic healthcare needs of 2,000 people, and over time expand to support healthcare, livelihood, and education needs of more than 20,000 rainforest people. With your donation, you can immediately provide healthcare safely and affordably through telemedicine, keeping these communities on their land, and the forest standing.

$1,000 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 75%-Electrical for internet point

  • 25%-Annual point maintenance

$20,750 Campaign Booster Funding

This displays the maximum incremental additional funding the campaign could receive (Maximum Funding Amount (MFA) less Minimum Funding Goal)). For example, if the MFA is $100,000 and the MFG $10,000, it would show the difference of $90,000 here.

  • 37%-5x internet point installation

  • 27%-Implementation trips

  • 19%-4x electrical and maintenance

  • 10%-Local smart phones

  • 7%-Phone credits

See how far we've come

Our milestones
  • Lydie

  • Kyle

  • Anish

  • Maria Emilia

  • Mario

  • Daulat

  • D. Scott

  • Markus


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