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Good practices and actions in response to COVID-19

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In 2012, CAHI was founded with the idea that health in Central America can be improved through a strategic investment in the development of leadership skills and specialized knowledge in project management. In recent weeks, as Central America has struggled to curb the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the health professionals and community leaders that make up the CAHI Fellows Network have demonstrated the power of this idea.

As new information has emerged about the virus and its complications from COVID-19, CAHI Fellows have worked together to support each other, share best practices, identify missing data, and coordinate an informed response to the disease, all while continuing. leading its functions in hospitals, clinics and community organizations.

A common saying at the Gates Foundation, which seems very appropriate at the moment, is "when there is no vaccine, communication is the best vaccine." On the other hand, we are in an environment overloaded with information and abundant misinformation, which can cost lives. To contribute to useful communication, CAHI has reorganized its operations to focus, over the next few months, on organizing and sharing timely information and supporting coordination within the CAHI Fellows Network and with the wider community.

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CURRENT RISKS TO FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Marlon Paiz (Rio Lempa Trinational Commonwealth)
Ing. Héctor Alonzo Aguirre (Tri-national Association of the Lempa River)

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RESILIENT FOOD PRODUCTION IN THE FAMILY SPHERE

Marlon Paiz (Rio Lempa Trinational Commonwealth)

COVID-19 not only created an emergency that required immediate action, but it is also producing a crisis that must be addressed in all its complexity. The impact has been greater on the vulnerable population and one of the greatest concerns is the food and nutritional security of families and communities.

For this reason, we have generated a dialogue about it within the CAHI Fellows Network, and invited Marlon Paiz from Guatemala to tell us about his experience and provide us with tools for resilient food production in the family environment.

FOOD SECURITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Silvia Spain (Totonicapán Milk Bank Coordinator)
Milvia Solórzano (Head of the Food and Nutrition Program, Secretary of Social Affairs of the Municipality of Guatemala)
Mónica Ramos (Totonicapán Nutrition Coordinator)

Aimed at public officials associated with health and education issues, health workers, fathers, mothers and NGOs that work with boys and girls.

UTILITY OF TELEMEDICINE

Hans Ardon (Founder of DrsBee)
Marco Antonio Ferrandino Carballo (Adult Palliative Medicine Specialist Physician - Coordinator of the National Center for Pain Control and Palliative Care, Costa Rican Social Security Fund)

INNOVATION AND ADAPTATION OF HOSPITALS TO COVID 19

César Chaves (CAHI Fellow and Physician of the CCSS)

A doctor from the hospital where the first positive cases of Covid-19 were treated in Costa Rica, will share his experience of innovation and rapid adaptation to the emergency, useful information for other medical teams and health personnel in the region.

You can read more about this project here.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND THE INTEGRATION OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL RESILIENCE

Adriana Gómez (Director of TeenSmart International)
Víctor Juárez (Founder of Tu Consejería)

Adriana and Víctor will share their experience in mental health care and the integration of digital communication in the face of the COVID-19 emergency.

Read more about the project

Digital Social Innovation for the production of personal protective equipment in Honduras

Elena Aguilera (CAHI Fellow of Honduras)
Fernando Castillo (CEO Raíz Capital)

Elena and Fernando are part of the Güiran movement, an initiative that produces and distributes personal protective equipment to health centers and hospitals in Honduras. 

You can read more about this project on our blog