PPA SOLIDARITY: NEW PARTNERSHIP HELPS AMAZON COMMUNITIES FIGHT COVID-19

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Food baskets, hygiene kits, risk communications, increase in hospital beds and support to impact businesses are part of the partnership Brasilia, August 26, 2020: A new PPA Solidarity: COVID-19 Response in the Amazon seeks to leverage innovative and scalable solutions, through assistance programs, the emergency response to the fight against COVID-19 in all states of the Amazon, especially in Amazonas and Pará states. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NPI Expand, the Partnership Platform for the Amazon (PPA) and SITAWI Finance for Good have come together to create a cross sector partnership to help fight COVID-19 in Brazil. With an initial contribution of US$ 2,1 million (around R$10,6 million) from USAID through NPI Expand and leveraged an additional US$ 3,5 million (R$18,2 million) with private sector partners that include Alcoa, Bank of America, Beraca, Cargill, Caterpillar, Fundo Sustentabilidade Hydro, Mineração do Rio do Norte, Suzano and Vale. Projects include distribution of food baskets and hygiene kits to over 16,000 families, risk communications campaigns on prevention to over 250,000 people, support for testing, providing ICU beds and rescuing small businesses from financial failure through R$1.5 million in low interest loans and financial advice. Ambassador Todd Chapman noted, “The United States and Brazil are working together to overcome this invisible enemy we both face. Collaborative actions like PPA Solidarity bring public, private, and civil society organizations together to fight the impact and threat of COVID-19 on the lives of Brazilians in the Amazon.” “The Amazon was one of the first regions of Brazil to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, and many places are still under threat of this terrible pandemic. The actions supported by the PPA Solidarity Partnership will help protect communities that are most vulnerable and help local businesses so they can recover more quickly”, said Ted Gehr, USAID/Brazil´s Director. PPA Solidarity will work with civil society and private sector partners in four different lines of action: 1) Mobilize communication campaigns to address COVID-19 while empowering vulnerable or isolated communities to protect themselves against exposure and transmission of the virus; 2) Promote measures to prevent and control COVID-19 infection in health facilities and in communities; 3) Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health services) to respond to and control COVID-19 through case management and surveillance services; 4) Support small businesses in the Amazon Region affected by COVID-19 (entrepreneurs, producer groups and cooperatives) with financial advisory services and low-interest loans. PPA Solidarity adds to the response to COVID-19 that PPA members have championed since the beginning of the pandemic, protecting their employees and communities. The initiative is also part of the US government efforts to help Brazil. To learn more about PPA, visit the website: https://ppa.org.br PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon seeks to leverage innovative and scalable solutions, through assistance programs, the emergency response to combat COVID-19 in all states of the Amazon, especially in Amazonas and Pará. The United States Agency for International Development USAID, NPI Expand, a Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create the initiative that will help fight COVID-19 in Brazil. 

With an initial contribution of R$ 10.6 million from USAID and NPI Expand, the partnership also sought to leverage resources with private sector partners such as Alcoa, Bank of America, Beraca, Cargill, Caterpillar, Hydro Sustainability Fund, Rio do Norte Mining, Suzano and Vale, which contributed around R$ 18.2 million to the shares.   

The programs include distribution of food baskets and hygiene kits to more than 16 thousand families, information campaigns on prevention methods for more than 250 thousand people, support for testing, expansion of ICU beds and rescue of impact businesses, with R$ 1 .5 million in low-interest loans and training. 

Ambassador Todd Chapman remarked: “The US and Brazil are working together to overcome the invisible enemy we face. Collaborative actions such as PPA Solidarity unite public and private organizations and civil society to fight the impact and threat of COVID-19 in the lives of each person”. 

“The Amazon was one of the first regions in Brazil to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, and many places are still under severe threat. The actions supported by PPA Solidarity will help protect communities that are still vulnerable, as well as local businesses so that they can sustain themselves and recover more quickly,” said Ted Gehr, director of USAID/Brazil. 

The partnership will work with civil society and the private sector in four lines of action to: 

1) Mobilize communication campaigns to confront COVID-19, while empowering vulnerable or isolated communities to protect themselves against exposure and transmission of the virus;  

2) Promote prevention and control measures for COVID-19 infection in health facilities and communities;  

3) Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health services) to respond to and control the epidemic through case management and surveillance services;  

4) Support small businesses in the Amazon region affected by Covid-19 (entrepreneurs, producer groups and cooperatives) with financial advice and low-interest loans; 

PPA Solidarity complements the response to COVID-19 that PPA partners have been conducting since the beginning of the pandemic, protecting employees and communities. The initiative is also part of the US government's efforts to support Brazil.  

The US government and private sector are strongly committed to helping the Brazilian people fight COVID-19 in Brazil and together they have made available approximately US$ 68 million (approximately R$ 356 million) for a range of initiatives, including equipment donation health, food, hygiene and personal protection products, in addition to projects to support entrepreneurs, artificial intelligence and fight against misinformation. 

More information:

Juliana Nogueira – contato@ppa.org.br

+55 61 983413638