A collaborative effort
Indigenous communicators and organizations, as well as community radio stations, share the messages of the communication campaign in an effort to inform and protect this population, considered more vulnerable due to the inequities they face. Loud messages come out of the megaphones that travel the streets in remote communities.
An indigenous graphic designer also joined the initiative and a network of communicators collaborated in the translation and dissemination of materials in several languages: Guarani, Guarani ñandeva, Nivacle, Enlhet, Maka, Ache, Yshir Ybytoso, Ayoreo, Sanapaná and Qom.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, PAHO has provided cooperation to the country to ensure the safe operation of all vaccination centers, including the development of protocols and the purchase of more than 100 hand-washing sinks for the most vulnerable areas. The Organization also supported the modernization of the cold chain of Paraguay's Expanded Program on Immunization by providing it with temperature monitoring equipment at the national, regional and local levels, something that also benefits indigenous communities.
In addition, PAHO is providing support for the deployment of vaccination with indigenous populations in the Paraguayan Chaco region. This cooperation includes logistical support, transportation, equipment for vaccinators, computer equipment for the registration of vaccinated people, as well as materials with messages to raise awareness and encourage communities to get vaccinated.
The communities involved in this operation are located far from urban areas and health services, so mobile vaccination brigades were formed to reach the villages of different indigenous peoples of the Chaco. The teams are accompanied by community health promoters and community leaders in the three departments of the Paraguayan Chaco: Alto Paraguay, Boquerón and President Hayes. The objective: to leave no one behind in a life-saving vaccination campaign.
Protecting the Health of Indigenous Peoples from COVID-19 in the Americas