2018 – Satellite phone enables emergency communication in the Amazon

The Kamaiura people from the Xingu Indigenous Park in Brazil are asking Maloca’s friends for support. With government help fading away, the Kamaiura come to rely more and more on the good will of their friends and allies, in Brazil and abroad.

Maloca is striving to respond to the Kamaiura request for a satellite phone.

Telecommunication in remote areas is a life-saving luxury. Having no access to basic telecommunications services means being unable to contact emergency medical assistance, or not being able to contact relatives and friends when needed.

We helped the Kamayura in 2016 to obtain a new amateur radio – it does wonders. There is one limitation: radio communication depends on a radio station that operates from 7am to 4pm and is off on weekends. Anything that happens outsides the hours of operation cannot be communicated. And many emergencies happen in the offline hours. What are some emergencies in Xingu? Snake bites, severe child diarrhea that can kill a toddler in a matter of hours, difficult births, strokes, severe wounds. People lose family to incidents that can be addressed by improving communications.

A a satellite phone would ensure continuous access to emergency communication. The solar panels from a previous Maloca fundraiser are there to ensure the device is charged at all times.