We have an emergency in the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru
It is a land-locked city of half a million people, only accessible by air or boat. The coronavirus has spread rapidly due to over-crowded living conditions and poverty, and has overwhelmed the health care system.
The hospitals are at 3 times their capacity with patients in the open corridors, and supplies are gone. Due to no medicines, oxygen and protective equipment, nurses and doctors have been dying along with the patients.
Peru is currently on a strict quarantine which has prevented normal travel between cities.
Many people have asked us how they can help.
Aware of concerns about corruption and to ensure that all donations are in the hands of those who truly need them, we are partnering with a group of dedicated scientists and researchers, spearheaded by Dr. Valerie Paz Soldán (Tulane University and Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia) and Dr. Graciela Meza (Universidad Nacional de Amazonía Peruana), in coordination with Dr. Martin Casapia (Hospital Regional de Loreto in Iquitos) who are gathering supplies in Lima to be sent by humanitarian cargo planes.
If anyone would like to donate to this effort, the money will be used for:
- Oxygen tanks, manometers and connectors, and
- Personal protective equipment.
You can donate on our website www.dbperu.org and indicate this is for hospitals in Iquitos.
If anyone in Lima has supplies to donate, please contact us as well – cellular 999 123 845.
For businesses, Asociación DB Peru can issue certificates of donation.
In Peru, deposits can be made to Banco de Credito:
Account of Darleen Diane Bowie CE 000755918
The needs worldwide are great, but the isolation of this large city has made it particularly vulnerable. Our wonderful boat driver, jungle guide and friend of 14 years, Circo Petit lost 3 brothers this week to COVID 19 due to lack of oxygen and medicines.
Please help the people in this struggling city.