Covid, Amazon, Yanomami, Venezuela

COVID-19 Amazon protocol available in English, Spanish and Portuguese


Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our attention has been drawn towards the impacts of the virus on vulnerable people near and far away, but especially towards communities living in the Amazon. Remote indigenous populations are at great risk of this virus, as they have little access to health care, their immune systems are already compromised and they don’t receive government support.

Whilst simultaneously working on a relief effort for 13 indigenous communities in Brazil, we have created a practical protocol for remote people all over the Amazon together with ethnobotanist Michael Stuart Ani and trusted partner Peruvian organisation @xapiri .

The aim of the protocol is to reduce the most severe symptons of COVID-19 amongst indigenous people in the ranforest, including preventative measures, guidelines for managing treatment and some plant based solutions. The protocol can be found and downloaded here in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Or check -out our Sinchi Amazon Protocol page.

About Michael Stuart Ani:

Michael Stuart Ani is an ethnobotanist and long-time jungle scout who was involved in fighting epidemics among the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela’s Amazon from the 1980’s through 2003. My advice is based on what I observed and learned while helping the Yanomami. As the founder of the Amazonia Foundation, the only international NGO approved by the Venezuelan government to help the remote communities during the epidemics, I learned many strategies for coping with epidemics among the Amazon’s indigenous people. I believe that my experiences have trained me for the current epidemic situation we have in Amazonia today with covid-19, malaria and other diseases. Notably, he was also responsible for introducing the plant Artemisia Annua which proved to be a much more effective (and cheaper) antimalarial than the WHO pharmaceutical used at the time.”

The photo was taken by Michael himself during one of his first visits to the Yanomami in the 1980’s.