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From Guyana with love

By air, land and water. Getting information to every community is critical to protect people from Covid-19.

In this short video, we join the Guyana Red Cross as the team travels by small planes, vans and river boats to reach remote Indigenous and migrant communities to share critical information, as well as hygiene and cleaning supplies, to protect people from Covid-19.

The first step is gaining the trust, support, and buy-in of local people by first reaching out to community leaders, referred to as Toshao in Indigenous communities.  The result of their efforts is a positive change in behaviors that prevent Covid-19’s spread. Among boat drivers (the lifeblood of communities on the river), for example, mask wearing and regular boat cleaning have become the norm.

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