The Health In Harmony response to COVID-19 in Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil is a planetary health response.
This approach mitigates both the health effects of COVID-19 and the economic effects of collapsing livelihoods, while addressing the climate crisis.
It couples a health system-based emergency medical response to infectious disease with a rainforest stimulus package. Funding for sustainable activities like growing tree seedlings is provided to the vulnerable rainforest communities most at risk of being forced – by COVID’s economic impacts – to engage in rainforest degradation (i.e. logging, mining) for cash needed to cover lost income.
Most recent results include:
- 4,100 patients seen in Indonesia and Madagascar
- 22,179 seedlings planted this year
- 18,082 seedlings purchased from the highest-risk rainforest degraders, providing financial security
- 45,447 old-growth trees protected
- 65 former loggers supported through stimulus conservation
- 700 Malagasy farmers (70% women) from 31 villages trained in sustainable agriculture