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SECOND DOSE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS HAVE ARRIVED IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST!

Second dose COVID-19 vaccinations made it to the Riverine communities of Resex Rio Xingu!

Update: September 9, 2021

The HIH Brazil medical team and partners have headed back out to travel up the Iriri River to provide second dose COVID-19 vaccinations to the other half of the Riverine communities we work with.

Before packing the vehicles, Dr. Érika checks over the inventory

During the dry season, the team must travel by car for one day before reaching the river, which is a bumpy and wild ride!

Along the Iriri River, the team is able to provide both regular health check ups and COVID-19 vaccinations to Traditional Riverine community members – for many it was their second (and final) dose of the life-saving vaccine!

The team met Mrs. Maria das Graças’ family while traveling. They both stopped on a small rock island in the middle of the Iriri River, so Dr. Érika could check on Maria’s blood pressure, while Nurse Adriana vaccinated José Santos (Zé do Borges) from the Cachoeirinha Community.

As always, we want to give a huge thank you to our partners in the region who work with us to conduct these health expeditions, including Riverine community associations (AMORERI / AMORA / AMOMEX / AERIM), Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), the Federal University of Pará’s School of Medicine, the Respira Xingu campaign, the Municipal Health Department, and the Department of Public Health / the government of Pará.

Check back soon for more updates!


Update: August 24, 2021

Over the past week, the HIH Brazil and partners’ mobile boat clinic traveled with second dose COVID-19 vaccinations into Resex Rio Xingu. These life-saving vaccines went to Traditional Riverine communities who protect and care for the Amazon Rainforest – their home for generations.

The team left altamira with the vaccines on August 17

In order to keep the vaccines cool during the trip, the team fitted solar panels to the roof of the boat to power the freezer.

In addition to providing vaccines, the team provided routine medical care and offered bloodwork analysis for the first time. They brought a centrifuge, biochemical analyzer, and other necessary equipment with them to test glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, creatinine, uric acid, TGP, and TGO levels. Thank you Nurse Technician Samya Maud (seen above) for conducting these tests!

The health expedition to Resex Rio Xingu was a great success, and teams will be heading out in September to provide vaccines and healthcare services to Riverine communities living in other Resexes in the region.

Morro Grande Community; Photo by Isadora Brant

This expedition would not have been possible without the support from our partners in the region, including Riverine community associations (AMORERI / AMORA / AMOMEX / AERIM), Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), the Federal University of Pará’s School of Medicine, the Respira Xingu campaign, the Municipal Health Department, and the Department of Public Health / the government of Pará.

Follow along with future expeditions on social media!

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