The Charles Darwin Foundation provided protective gear to the Galapagos National Park

09 Jun 20 /

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) donated 200 protective suits to the Galapagos National Park Directorate, to support efforts to mitigate the health emergency due to COVID-19.

These supplies were delivered on the 2nd of June, directly to the director of the Galapagos National Park, Mgs. Danny Rueda. "We are grateful for the donation made by the Charles Darwin Foundation, with this equipment we will continue to provide security in the work that the park rangers are carrying out, such as the disinfection of public spaces in the context of the health emergency and fumigation to prevent the spread of dengue," Rueda said.

Johanna Carrión, representante de la Fundación Charles Darwin, entregando los trajes de protección a Danny Rueda, Director del Parque Nacional Galápagos y Cristian Sevilla, Dirección de Ecosistemas del Parque Nacional Galápagos.
Johanna Carrión, representative of the Charles Darwin Foundation, handing over the protection suits to Danny Rueda, Director of the Galapagos National Park and Cristian Sevilla, Director of Ecosystems of the Galapagos National Park.

"Galapagos is moving into a new phase, and therefore everyone is preparing to comply with the health recommendations. From the Charles Darwin Foundation, we are supporting, on this occasion, the Galapagos National Park with Biosecurity suits so that staff are protected while performing the corresponding tasks, " said Gabriela Sommerfeld, representative of the CDF board of directors.

In the past month, CDF has donated two ventilators to the local Hospital and has also contributed personal protection equipment for the Galapagos Biosafety Agency and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health, as well as laboratory supplies for the health emergency, provided medicines for people from vulnerable groups, and donated hospital mattresses. CDF also made a vehicle available to local authorities to transport supplies, and provided a biosecurity chamber on loan to laboratories that are analyzing coronavirus tests.

Among other actions, food has been distributed to Galapagos residents who are trapped on mainland Ecuador due to travel restrictions, as well as to local community members on the islands facing an economic crisis generated by the coronavirus. The crisis has been caused mainly by the reduction of tourism, the main source of income for the islands.

If you wish to support with your donation to the Galapagos Community Support Fund COVID-19 you can do so at: https://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/donate/?form=FUNWUSYWWDO.

The funds raised will support the work of local authorities to ensure that patients receive the care they need and that frontline workers receive essential supplies.


Andres Cruz

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