Doctors Without Borders has sent nine medical professionals to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico where they are working with Native American communities to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
“At the moment, MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières] is focusing on providing technical guidance to health care facilities and communities with infection prevention and control. We are also actively engaged with community leaders and other actors to increase access for communities to health promotion and practical education,” aid worker Jean Stowell, who heads the organization’s US COVID-19 response team, said in an interview with CNN.
The Navajo Nation is the largest US Native American tribe and home to roughly 170,000 people. They now have more coronavirus cases per capita than any state in America. At least 100 people have died from the virus and 3,122 people have tested positive.
Two physicians, three nurses/midwives, a water sanitation specialist, two logisticians, and a health educator make up the team of nine sent to the Navajo Nation, a Native American territory spanning 27,000 square miles across parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The plan is for them to stay until the end of June, but they will remain longer if needed.