Reaching vulnerable communities in Portel, Pará state
On Ilha do Marajó (Marajo Island), in the state of Pará, MSF is supporting health authorities in the city of Portel, where, due to the extreme remoteness of the community and lack of infrastructure including roads, the system is struggling to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
MSF teams have run trainings in both primary and secondary health care facilities, as well as in the only hospital in the area. The trainings cover how to improve patient flow to prevent the spread of the virus in health centers, COVID-19 protocols, health promotion messages, and support for mental health among health staff, who are struggling to cope with the situation.
“Our objective is to reach Portel’s most vulnerable and provide them with the health care they need and to strengthen the health system,” said Juan Carlos Arteaga, MSF project coordinator in Portel. “We want local doctors and nurses to be prepared as much as possible for an influx of COVID-19 patients should the third wave hit the area.”
MSF teams are also running mobile clinics to care for patients in the most remote areas of the region, providing COVID-19 antigen testing, primary health services, follow-up for recovered COVID-19 patients, mental health services, and health promotion activities.