The United States’ “All-of-America” Effort to Support Chile’s Response to Coronavirus
Updated September 10, 2020
For decades, the United States has been a historic and trusted partner to Chile on disaster relief, including during the current pandemic. All sectors of the United States are joining to assist the people of Chile through government support, private sector donations, and innovations from scientists and universities.
U.S. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
The United States is working with our partners in Chile to respond to the most urgent needs in local communities. To date, the U.S. government has donated approximately $1.6 million in support that has been delivered to the following humanitarian initiatives:
Donation of field hospitals, personal protection equipment, food supplies and hygiene
- The United States government has announced the donation of two field hospitals, with forty beds each, totaling $915,000. Each hospital is equipped with an electric generator, air conditioning and a network of drinking water supplies. In addition, each hospital will be equipped with eight state-of-the-art mechanical ventilators.
- Through the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, the U.S. government has provided $57,000 in masks, supplies, cleaning and hygiene products, and other supplies to vulnerable populations.
- The USAID Office of Humanitarian Affairs has provided $50,000 to local organizations:
- $10,000 to Bomberos de Chile for the purchase of eleven ozone cannons to sanitize equipment.
- $10,000 to Desafío Levantemos Chile, for the delivery of approximately one- thousand boxes of cleaning and hygiene products for vulnerable populations.
- $10,000 to the Adventist Aid Agency, for the delivery of 365 hygiene and cleaning kits to outlying populations in Santiago.
- $10,000 to Caritas for the purchase of disposable plastic gowns for the Padre Hurtado Hospital.
- $10,000 to Caritas for the purchase of hygiene and cleaning items destined to peripheral communities in the cities of Arica, Santiago, Maule Region and Magallanes Region.
Science and Research Funding – The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research provided $500,000 to a team of Chilean researchers to develop models to study the evolution and spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Support for refugees – The U.S. government has allocated $20,000 in humanitarian assistance to support the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) response efforts to Covid-19 to aid refugees and host communities in Chile. It is also strengthening its support of the regional response plan for migrants and refugees with a contribution of $40,000 for water, sanitation and hygiene programs, coordinated in Chile by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Citizen Repatriation – Our governments worked closely with Delta Airlines and U.S. non-governmental organizations to facilitate charter flights to repatriate Chilean citizens in the United States and our nationals in Chile, and to facilitate medical care for Chileans on cruise ships that disembarked in U.S. ports. We are grateful for the support of the Foreign Ministry in the repatriation of over one thousand U.S. citizens.
Contributions to initiatives related to Covid-19: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy has allocated $50,000 of its competitive funds for programs developed by alumni of State Department programs that are related to the impact of Covid-19.
PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORT
U.S. companies and those that are on the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce have developed numerous initiatives to help Chileans, including the following:
Medical supplies and personal protection items
- The UnitedHealth Group, through Empresas Banmédica, donated $1 million dollars to Fundación Chile and Desafío Levantemos Chile for the purchase of medical supplies for the care of people in public hospitals, homes for the elderly and other vulnerable groups.
- Freeport McMoran donated to the Calama Hospital the equivalent of $285,000, corresponding to the delivery of three mechanical ventilators, an ambulance and personal protection gear for the entire community. Part of this amount was allotted to the distribution of food boxes for indigenous communities of Alto del Loa.
- The Pfizer Foundation, which belongs to Pfizer Laboratories in Chile, donated $100,000 to the Chilean Red Cross to help patients.
Complementary Contributions for Humanitarian Assistance – Prime Energía, Albemarle and Cerro Dominador have made contributions of over $10,000 to complement U.S. government humanitarian assistance through the Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program.
PCR Laboratory equipment – Cargill Chile donated to the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Concepción equipment for the detection of SARS-CoV 2 coronavirus and PCR equipment with the capacity to process up to 400 samples per day and to deliver results within three to four hours.
Cleaning Kits – Procter and Gamble and Clorox are distributing cleaning and sanitation kits through local NGOs, free of charge.
- Walmart Chile has donated food to vulnerable families. Starbucks, Burger King, and Domino’s Pizza have delivered food for medical personnel in several health facilities.
- Families from the Nido de Aguilas School have collected $14.7 million pesos for the purchase and distribution of food boxes for vulnerable families in the community of Lo Barnechea.
Vehicles – Chevrolet donated to the Municipality of Puente Alto a fleet of eight vehicles to transport physicians and psychologists to homes for the elderly. Ford has provided five vehicles to the Red Cross for logistical support and the transfer of volunteers to areas of greatest need.
Software – Cisco is offering small and medium size entrepreneurs free access to its telework software products. Clothing – Nike, a company of sporting goods and apparel, donated clothing to the Red Cross for distribution to people in their shelters.
Scientific Research – Lockheed Martin donated 15 thousand dollars to the Chilean company DTS (Desarrollo de Tecnologías y Sistemas), a subsidiary of ENAER, to develop mechanical ventilators. The donation is a contribution to the Neyün Project, which is part of the public-private initiative “A Breath for Chile”, supported by the government of Chile.
Support from the academic and scientific sector – The U.S. academic community has contributed with its resources to provide solutions that help Chile face Covid-19:
- Emergency Mechanical Ventilators – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) worked with the U.S. Embassy and the government of Chile to send two prototype mechanical ventilators from the United States for local testing.