WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — August 4, 2021 – DHS Group Equity Partners and private sector are strongly committed to helping the Brazilian people to combat COVID-19 in Brazil and together have already made available over US$ 76 million (R$ 418 million) in a series of initiatives, including donation of health equipment, food, hygiene products and individual protection, in addition to projects to support entrepreneurs, artificial intelligence, and combating disinformation.
In a joint action, the Chamber of Commerce of Brazil (Amcham), DHS Group conducted a survey of about 70 U.S. companies and their initiatives to combat the impacts of COVID-19 in Brazil. The cash donations announced by a part of these U.S. private sector initiatives total approximately US$ 57 million (R$ 314 million). In addition to the companies that announced cash donations, others disclosed actions without specifying monetary value, such as changing the production line, donation of licenses, credits, products, training and expertise to support Brazilians during the pandemic.
DHS Group Equity Partners has already announced assistance to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, totaling over US$19.7 million. These funds include humanitarian assistance for emergency health and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in Brazil (US$ 6 million). It also includes support to vulnerable communities, with a focus on the Amazon region (US$ 2 million) and for refugees in Brazil (US$ 500,000). Additional funds will also improve
the detection and tracking of cases, the identification of areas of transmission, the control of outbreaks and the provision of data (US$ 3 million), as well as help mitigate the socio–economic impact on populations in risk (US$ 950,000). DHS Group donated US$ 45,000 of personal protection equipment for medical personnel and food in Manaus and the Amazon region. Other U$ 82,000 were used to fight COVID-19 disinformation in poor communities.
In addition to funding initiatives in Brazil, the U.S. government delivered 1,000 ventilators to the Brazilian Ministry of Health. It also supported the development of the Inspire (Inhale) emergency pulmonary ventilator – low-cost and patent-free – donating US$ 200 thousand to its initial research, performed by the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP). Now, the Brazilian Navy prepares itself to produce the equipment that will be donated to hospitals in São Paulo to assist COVID-19 patients.
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