Grupo + Unidos and PPA Solidariedade enable 8 ICU beds in remote municipalities in the state of Amazonas

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Grupo + Unidos, through the UNA + Fund, an initiative that works to combat the pandemic in communities in situations of social vulnerability, and PPA Solidariedade, a partnership to help combat COVID-19 in the Legal Amazon, formed by USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem, made possible, in January 2021, 8 beds of Intermediate Care Units (UCI) for municipalities in the interior of Amazonas, strengthening the state's service capacity in this period. worsening of the pandemic.

Based on the effort to interiorize the beds for regions with limited access to health services, the initiative aims to reduce “care gaps” in the territory and promote greater equity in the Unified Health System (SUS). In this way, regional differences are mitigated, benefiting traditional peoples, indigenous and riverside populations in the Amazon region.

In addition to ensuring regional diversification of access to health, the actions contribute to reducing the burden on hospitals and health units in Manaus and, at the same time, leave a legacy for SUS in a context after the pandemic of COVID-19.

“Grupo + Unidos believes in high impact social projects, contributing to the qualification of public policies and supporting the resolution of highly complex social problems. For this reason, we see that the installation of these beds and respiratory equipment is a long-term social investment that will make a difference in the future for the population of Amazonas ”, explains Daniel Grynberg, executive director of the Group.

Together with the Departments of Decentralization and Assistance and Health Regionalization of the State of Amazonas, the municipalities of Tefé, Tabatinga, Manacapuru and Humaitá were prioritized to receive donations of UCI beds, extra equipment for the monitoring and treatment of Covid-19 and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals. Donations of UCI beds represented a 61% increase in the service capacity in these territories.

In addition to the aforementioned donations, there was an additional investment to purchase respiratory support equipment delivered also in Amazonas, but in other municipalities, namely Lábrea, Santa Isabel do Rio Negro and Carauari, appointed by the government as priorities for receiving these donations.

According to Rita Almeida, Deputy Executive Secretary for Decentralization and Assistance Regionalization in the Interior, the action guarantees the strengthening of the performance of the Health Secretariat in the state of Amazonas. “We believe that the installation of the beds, in addition to helping at this time, will be seen as an inheritance for the citizens residing in these municipalities, as they will have access to better conditions of care in the public health of the state”, he reports.

The performance of the UNA + Fund in Amazonas, catalyzed other investments by the private sector in the state. In addition to the resource provided by the PPA Solidarity initiative, the + Unidos Group mobilized more than R $544 thousand, invested in the purchase of deficient hospital equipment in the local public health system and essential in the treatment of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, in addition to the purchase and donation of oxygen production plants.

“The idea of PPA Solidariedade was precisely to bring together partners from the private sector and local organizations so that aid would arrive efficiently and effectively. We are happy that our action has allowed for the expansion of beds in the Amazon, ”said Ted Gehr, director of USAID Brasil.

For Augusto Corrêa, Executive Secretary of PPA, the PPA Solidarity program has been an important example of mobilizing the private sector in response to the second wave of Covid-19 in the territories of the Amazon. "Due to the capacity of articulation and proactivity of our implementing and co-investing partners, we are managing to strongly support the public health system, helping Amazonian communities to receive adequate health treatment during this new phase of the pandemic," he said.

About the UNA + Fund

THE UNA + Support Fund is an initiative of the + Unidos Group initially developed with the support of Bank of America and the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc. in Brazil. In order to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on vulnerable communities, the project has its own methodology for selecting populations at risk and develops customized solutions for each group. Donations take place through social organizations with consolidated operations in the region.

To date, the Fund has raised more than R$10 million with the private sector, enabling it to act on different fronts, such as health with the equipping of 19 beds of the ICU SUS, distribution of PPE's for health professionals; in front of the emergency support, he contributed with the State Education Secretariat, guaranteeing the feeding of more than 19 thousand students from the state network, donations of basic food baskets in communities of social vulnerability. Already in the education front, it invested resources in programs for insertion in the labor market and in the gathering of information about Brazilian communities, based on the funding of an in-depth research. Private companies interested in joining the initiative may contact the committee at https://maisunidos.org/unamais/

About PPA Solidarity

USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create a partnership to help combat COVID-19 in Brazil. The “PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon is an initiative that engages the private sector in strategic partnerships to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to strengthen the rapid response to emergencies and combating COVID-19. The initiative will work with civil society and private sector partners on four lines of action: Mobilize communication campaigns on risks and community engagement in mitigation and protection measures to address COVID-19 and empower vulnerable communities and / or isolated to protect against exposure and transmission of COVID-19; Promote measures to prevent and control infections by COVID-19 in health facilities and communities; Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health units / services) to respond and control COVID-19 through health and surveillance services; Support entrepreneurs, small social impact businesses and startups, producer groups and cooperatives with small financial contributions, business advisory services and access to low interest loans or microcredit.

About Grupo + Unidos

+ Unidos, a non-profit association, is a collaborative social investment fund created by the American Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Group, formed by large companies operating in Brazil, has been working since 2008 to train young Brazilians through the development of initiatives aimed at education and technological training, proposing a new way of thinking about the efforts in social responsibility that are carried out today in the parents.

For more information access: www.maisunidos.org