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COVID-19 arrived in the indigenous territories in an overwhelming way. Indigenous lives are being lost at an increasing pace. We are facing an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy and we need to come together and act. The time is now!
The Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, APIB) presents an indigenous emergency plan to confront COVID-19 in Brazil and calls on everyone to support measures that can save lives and exercise solidarity. Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable groups to the spread of the disease and are without proper conditions to face the pandemic. We need everyone’s support.
This is a plan to orient the actions of indigenous organizations linked to APIB and partnering non-indigenous institutions. To this end, it proposes general guidelines for the preparation of regional and local action plans to be presented by the organizations executing the proposals. In this sense, the plan will be implemented in a cooperative manner throughout the national territory in order to strengthen and enhance network actions. Likewise, it intends to institutionally strengthen indigenous organizations linked to APIB and other partners of the Brazilian indigenous movement.
The proposals within this emergency plan are the result of two broad participatory processes, the Acampamento Terra Livre (Free Earth Camp) and the Assembleia Nacional de Resistência Indígena (National Assembly of Indigenous Resistance), both carried out in 2020 in a virtual form due to the pandemic. These events included countless indigenous leaders from all over the country, in addition to specialists in indigenous health from various civil society organizations
OVERVIEW OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION
HOW HAS COVID-19 REACHED THE TERRITORIES?
Lack of assistance by SESAI to indigenous people living in urban contexts and outside not-sanctioned territories. Hospitals’ willingness to register indigenous people living in urban contexts as browns. The National Government’s stance on the COVID-19 crisis has increased crimes of racism against indigenous communities in small towns. Several indigenous people refuse to be tested or undergo treatment because of racism, which has also increased internal conflicts in communities.
The main responsible for introducing the virus in several villages of Mato Grosso do Sul was the Agribusiness. In the Dourados Indigenous Reserve – where the first death was recorded by a Guarani Kaiowá – the disease was rought by a JBS Frigorific employee, according to information from a local newspaper, the Repórter Brasil.
The pattern is repeated in western Paraná, in the indigenous lands of Santa Catarina, and in Rio Grande do Sul.
The first infected cases within these territories were registered among the indigenous people of the Kaingang and Guarani Mbya peoples. These individuals were employees of the local frigorific sector.
Emergency Actions for Comprehensive and Costumized Care in the Control of the Pandemic
Legal and Political Incidence Actions
Health Communications and Information Actions
DOWNLOAD THE PLAN
Download the national and regional plans
COVID-19 PLAN DE ENFRENTAMIENTO EN BRASIL (ES)
Descargue el plan, actualizado el 28/06/2020
North Regional Plan - COIAB
Download the plan for the north region, written by COAIB, available in portuguese.
South Regional plan
Download the plan for the south region, available in portuguese.
Regional plan by Guarani Yvyrupa Comission
Download the plan written by CGY, available in portuguese.
Regional plan by Aty Guasu
Donwload the plan written by Aty Guasu, available in portuguese.
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