SDC is implementing its response through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Rapid Response Hub, in a strategic alliance with the Pan American Health Organization and the Ancash GORE.
On 14 and 15 July, Markus-Alexander Antonietti, Swiss Ambassador to Peru and Martin Jaggi, SDC Head of Cooperation, visited the province of Huaraz in the Ancash region to strengthen ties with local agencies and to present a donation of water disinfection equipment, as part of the Swiss government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru and the region.
The project, which will be implemented in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Government of Ancash by focusing on two provinces, Santa and Huaraz, for the COVID 19 pandemic containment strategy linked to the reduction of risks associated with water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities that protect health staff, visitors and the community.
On 15 July, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Markus-Alexander Antonietti, attended a ceremony at the Monterrey health centre in Huaraz. At the ceremony, which complied with health requirements, the Ambassador presented a water purifier, called a Kit-Wata-Plus-Secteur, which eliminates 99 per cent of bacteria and only needs water, salt and electricity to function. This will guarantee that the health centres will have safe potable water.
The ceremony began with a speech by Juan Carlos Morillo Ulloa, regional governor of Ancash. He spoke about the activities held in the region for addressing the health emergency, and highlighted the project to be coordinated with the SDC and the regional health department over the next 6 months. This will strengthen the regional government’s capacities and adopt measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, with specific activities for access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in selected health centres, and guidance in disinfection for the community.
The Swiss Ambassador, Markus-Alexander Antonietti, said that since the beginning of the health emergency in Peru, Switzerland has been supporting and strengthening the national government’s activities as part of its commitment, providing assistance programmes which help save lives and alleviate the suffering of those most vulnerable.
“SDC hopes that this project will strengthen health staff capacities and the measures to monitor and control the risks of the intra-hospital transmission of Covid-19, which can occur due to the lack of quality water, sanitation and hygiene,” he said.
Martin Jaggi, SDC’s Head of Cooperation, said that another important component of the project focuses on the intra-hospital management of solid waste produced in the different contexts and services of the COVID 19 emergency. “This point is critical and deserves special attention as part of infection prevention and control measures for care staff and patients,” he said.
Luis Huamani, regional director of the DIRESA Ancash, said that once staff have strengthened their technical capacities and have the right protocols and the project can begin its fieldwork, it will have the DIRESA’S support for working in different local areas, and the DIRESA will incorporate these activities into its budget to ensure that they are sustainable in the future.
For further information:
PDF Fact sheet Swiss Embassy Rapid Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Peru
PDF Fact sheet SDC Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Humanitarian Assistance in Peru. FS-PE. Aug.2020