Manaus (Agenzia Fides) - By the end of December 4,500 families from 9 municipalities in the Amazon, for a total of 22,500 people, will receive COVID-19 hygiene and prevention kits thanks to the "Ajuri pela Vida na Amazônia" project developed by Caritas Brazil and some local Caritas, with funding from USAID (US Agency for International Development) and the support of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The first deliveries began on December 6 and will continue until the end of the month. With this project, Caritas Brazil will reach more than 100 communities in situations of social vulnerability, in nine Amazonian municipalities: Coari, Tefé, Maraã, Alvarães, Fonte Boa, Juruá, Uarini, Itacoatiara and Parintins. The kits in distribution contain alcoholic gel, face mask in reusable fabric, bleach and soap, to facilitate hand washing.
In the note sent to Fides, it is explained that the social educators are also showing the correct use of the mask, hygiene guidelines and correct hand washing in the communities, as well as social distancing, moreover the population is being made aware of the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Focus groups are also being organized with indigenous, quilombola and periurban populations, to implement the WASH tools (water, sanitation and hygiene). According to Anna Hrybyk of the CRS, the promotion of hygiene for the prevention of COVID-19 is a priority of the whole project, as these practices must be maintained even after the completion of the immunization cycle. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/12/2021)