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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: The Amazon

08 Sep 2020

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Amazon River. Credit: OCHA/Yohana Pantevis

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 8 September 2020

The Amazon: COVID-19 Tri-National Action Plan

The UN and humanitarian partners have released a Tri-National Action Plan to support government responses to the urgent needs in the border area between Colombia, Peru and Brazil – home to nearly 209,000 people, in which 57 per cent of them are indigenous.

This triple border region is currently witnessing the highest COVID-19 mortality rates per 100,000 people in the world.

The plan seeks nearly US$10.4 million for the next 12 months.

The remote region (six days by boat) is being significantly impacted by the pandemic, threatening the lives and livelihoods of its people and posing an existential threat to its large indigenous communities.

COVID-19 is disproportionally affecting indigenous people with double of the national fatality rate, which is already one of the highest fatality rates worldwide.
The triple border area has been traditionally neglected, with very poor provision of basic services, absences of medical facilities, high food insecurity, high infant and maternal mortality rates, and outbreaks of other diseases such as malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

The Tri-National Action Plan has an emphasis on the initial emergency response in the sectors of health, food and nutrition, emergency shelter and water, and basic sanitation and hygiene.