MSF sends team to hit Native American communities

Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization known for operating in conflict zones and places where the health care system has collapsed, providing the care needed for suffering people,media BGR reported. As a new corona outbreak in a U.S. region has become so severe, the group recently sent a team to conduct its first local operation.

MSF sends team to hit Native American communities

A team of nine doctors, including doctors, a water hygiene specialist and three nurses/midwives, has been sent to the Navajo community in the southwestern United States, which has about 170,000 inhabitants and is particularly hard hit by the coronavirus. Health officials, for example, have repeatedly stressed that frequent hand washing is one of the most effective “weapons” against coronavirus. However, about 30 per cent of the Navajo population has no running water in the places where they live.

“There are many situations in the U.S., where we don’t intervene, but there are special risks,” said Jean Stowell, who heads the COVID-19 response group at Doctors Without Borders. “In view of the situation, Native American communities are at a much higher risk of COVID-19 complications and at risk of community transmission because they don’t have access to anything that isolates them… If people have to drive 100 miles to get food and water, you can’t expect them to be quarantined. “

There are other factors that make the situation worse, leading to the arrival of MSF. First, as of the beginning of this month, the region’s new coronavirus deaths were higher than in 46 states. The Navajo nation is also a “food desert” where people suffer from higher-than-average rates of health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. “When we look at the epidemiological curve in the rest of the world, we know it’s a long process,” Stowell told CBS News. “So, at this point, the team is expected to be in the area until the end of June. “

“You know there’s a lot of interest in the needs of Aboriginal communities, but there’s also a huge demand,” says Stowell. And to get things moving is not that fast, really need to start from scratch. Long before COVID-19, these were bigger problems. “