Cool Earth is obsessed with data. With each new partnership, we collect information about everything, from causes of death to how much hope people have for the future. Collecting data means that we can assess the impact of your funding and constantly improve what we do.
Last year we launched our newest rainforest partnership: Oviri. This village in the central Peruvian rainforest is home to 90 families who are fighting to save their forest from loggers and miners.
As with all of our new partnerships, we ask people lots of questions about their families, their fears, and their ambitions. In Oviri, access to healthcare is a real concern. It’s often the reason quick cash deals are made with loggers, as emergency evacuations and medicines can cost hundreds of dollars.
Even if there’s enough cash and time to get to the hospital, the Awajún often face racial discrimination from doctors, who may be reluctant to carry out complicated procedures, or even delay simple ones. Having healthcare closer to home, run by the community themselves, could mean better care for everyone.
So we’ve spent some time looking at healthcare needs, particularly for children. Like many of our rainforest partnerships, the most common causes of death are entirely preventable. These stats show the cause of the most recent thirty child mortalities, and they are a tragedy.
The great news is that we can easily address the reasons for these deaths. So one of the first things the community association in Oviri decided to do was invest Cool Earth funds in training local women to be healthcare promoters. These women are now showing all the families in the partnership simple steps to help prevent diseases. Similar investments have halved the number of child deaths in other areas, and we’re confident they will in Oviri too.
By collecting health data every year, we hope to see that far fewer children will have died needlessly from preventable illnesses. And the Cool Earth model will just get smarter and smarter.