Klabin supports indigenous lands in Ortigueira and recycling cooperatives in combating the new coronavirus
The company donated hand sanitizer, tests and masks produced by the Contagiando Sorrisos project
Paraná, October 6, 2020 – Klabin’s health and social welfare initiatives to help combat the new coronavirus remain active in Paraná state, especially in the communities adjacent to the company’s operations in the Campos Gerais region. The indigenous lands Queimadas and Mococa in Ortigueira received 650 reusable cloth masks, which are part of the Contagiando Sorrisos (Infecting Smiles) project and bring illustrations of smiles designed by artists.
Both communities also received approximately 440 liters of hand sanitizer. At Queimadas, over 240 PCR tests for the new coronavirus diagnosis were performed. The results will help leaders understand the scenario in each village and take preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus. These actions were taken in partnership with the Municipal Health Department of Ortigueira and authorized by the Special Indigenous Sanitary District (DSEI) of the southern coast, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (Funai) and indigenous leaders. Health professionals from the Special Indigenous Health Department (SESAI) monitored the actions in the communities, and SESAI also maintains health care centers with physicians, nurses and health agents in each of these communities.
For Renato Pereira, an indigenous dental surgeon who works at both indigenous lands, this help came at a particularly important moment. “With these mobilization, we had collaboration from everyone. We are at the health care center monitoring the whole community, yet it is hard to handle everything. And with this partnership and collaboration with indigenous leaders, the project was well accepted by the communities and we received support to visit each home, reach the people in need, do the tests and control the situation.”
About 320 masks produced by the Contagiando Sorrisos project also were delivered to the solid waste recycling cooperatives in the six municipalities making up the Caminhos do Tibagi Consortium. The project aims to spread a message of joy, positivity and hope, encouraging the daily use of masks. With these donations in Paraná, Klabin has delivered 2,000 customized masks from the Contagiando Sorrisos project, which also included communities and cooperatives in the cities of São Paulo, Recife and Goiana (Pernambuco).
“We are continuing our efforts as a corporate citizen, and believe that each action counts and makes a difference in preventing the new coronavirus. The partnership with Contagiando Sorrisos is one more example of our journey alongside society, seeking ways to continue to encourage the use of masks and reinforce the important message that it is not time to lower our guard, in a joyful and supportive way and transmitted through a smile,” said Júlio Nogueira, Sustainability and Environmental manager at Klabin.
The donations were made in partnership with the Inter-Sector Committee on Combating COVID-19 (COMCOVID), consisting of representatives from the Telêmaco Borba Health Department, the 21st Health Region, the Municipal Health Council, Doutor Feitosa Institute, Moura Hospital and Klabin.