El Paso-Juarez Unidos fund helps Juarez hospitals acquire PPE

Hospitals in Ciudad Juárez are facing a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in their battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

The El Paso Community Foundation, the Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C. (FECHAC) in Ciudad Juárez and Desarrollo Económico de Ciudad Juárez, A.C. (DEAC) are partnering to create the El Paso-Juárez Unidos Fund vs COVID-19 in the Community Foundation.

The El Paso-Juárez Unidos Fund will provide much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to two public hospitals in Juárez designated for COVID-19 treatment — Hospital General de Ciudad Juárez and Hospital General Regional No. 66.

“This is an important binational effort in ensuring better safety for all of us,” said Mario Porras, Director of Binational Affairs for the El Paso Community Foundation.  “Slowing the spread of coronavirus in Juárez hospitals ultimately helps slow things down for El Paso, too.”

Ciudad Juárez has recorded more than 1,700 cases of COVID-19, with more than 370 deaths, according to Chihuahua state health officials.

“The fight against this virus continues and our medical staff in Ciudad Juárez is at risk while attending to the infected patients,” said Gilberto Cueva, FECHAC President.

“This is why it is so important that we join forces between Juárez and El Paso with the El Paso Community Foundation and Desarrollo Económico de Ciudad Juárez A.C. and support our border community.”

FECHAC has already invested more than $8.4M pesos (about $380,000) to reduce the risk of infection among the medical community. But there is still a large need of PPE at these public hospitals.

“This binational effort sets an example of how big our community can be when working together as two countries united,” said Álvaro Bustillos, President of Desarrollo Económico de Ciudad Juárez A.C. “Our region is unique; we are part of a single ecosystem and we rely on each other. We invite the whole community to help the most needed during the humanitarian crisis.”

Tax-deductible donations may be made via this link.