Oct
Dates
4 Days
Duration

Summary

Corales de Paz plans to run the first five-day meaningful diving expedition to assess simultaneously the health of five coral reef sites and 150 members from marginalised island communities.

Challenge

San Andres is a coral reef dependent island in Colombia, home to over 70.000 people. Although the provincial government is working diligently to improve the health of coral reefs and reef dependent communities, both the coral reefs and people are threatened by the coral-killing SCTLD and the highly infectious human COVID-19 pandemics. This project will assess coral reef health at five sites and the health of 150 people from the most vulnerable communities who depend on coral reefs.

Solution

The expedition provides information to environmental managers on the presence, magnitude, and susceptibility of local reefs to the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. Coral reef surveyors are medical specialists, some trained as Reef Check EcoDivers. After assessing coral reef health, the specialists assess the health of communities who cannot access medical services and provide information to health authorities of common health risks and morbidities that could increase the risk of COVID-19 fatalities.

Long-Term Impact

The project will serve as an early warning system to environmental and health departments in San Andres island, allowing them to better prepare for a potential outbreak of the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) and the human highly infectious disease COVID-19 now that the island is reopening to tourism.

Available Medical Professions

The team is comprised of six (6) medical divers and includes specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gynecology, hematology, oncology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. General practitioners will be invited to perform the medical examination in the mornings and assign patients to specialists to be evaluated in the afternoons.

Date

29 Oct / 2 Nov

Budget

$ 7000 dollars to be raised through the Global Giving platform to cover accommodation, food, diving services, basic medicines, biosafety elements and digital medical check-up equipment.

¡You Can Make This Expedition a Reality!

This expedition is part of Corales de Paz´s application to a Global Giving fundraising competition. If we raise $5000 USD dollars from 40 different donors before September 30th, 2020, Corales de Paz will be included in the list of their supported organizations. ¡Help us make this expedition and win this competition! Any amount counts!

¡Donate Now to Make This Expedition a Reality!

Amount

Description

Donate $10

to buy basic medical first aid kit

Donate $25

to pay for a basic medical biosecurity kit (gloves, face masks, wood tongue depressors, etc.)

Donate $40

to buy a Blood Glucose Meter which will be donated after use to local medical service

Donate $60

to buy a Blood Pressure Monitor which will be donated after use to local medical service

Donate $150

to cover an underwater ecological survey to monitor coral reef health at one site

Donate $300

to cover accommodation and meals for one Reef Check EcoDiver trained medical specialist to monitor coral reef and people’s health

Donate $500

to cover all travel expenses for one Reef Check EcoDiver trained medical specialist to monitor coral reef and people’s health

Your Own Amount

1

Friday 30 October 2020

08:00 – 08:30 Registration and welcome

08:30 – 09:00 Introduction to the San Andrés Reef & Covid_19 Check

09:00 – 10:00 Health and safety

10:00 – 12:00 EcoDivers* re-training/Reef Check 1

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

2

Saturday, 31 October 2020

08:00 – 12:00 Reef Check Surveys 2 and 3

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

3

Sunday, 1 November 2020

08:00 – 12:00 Reef Check Surveys 4 and 5

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

20:00 – Team building activity

4

Day 4: Closure

09:00 – 11:00 Final coral reef and human health report and conclusions.

11:00 – 12:00 Closing Reef Check

12:00 –            Free time on the island


 Itinerary and times subject to change without prior notice due to weather and logistics.

We invite you to read some notes about our previous Reef Checks in San Andrés island. These are notes, reports, and experiences from our previous participants, staff, and others.  You can also find the results and infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Latest Notes from the Field

San Andres Reef Check 2019

Asi encontramos los arrecifes de San Andrés en su Reef Check 2019

San Andrés Reef Check se realizó en Octubre de 2019. Gracias a nuestros EcoDivers y nuestros colaboradores, logramos hacer por tercera vez consecutiva desde 2017,
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Corales de paz buceo con propósito reef check reef repair

Resultados destacados del Reef Check San Andrés 2018

Gracias al compromiso y dedicación de más de 12 buzos, el pasado octubre logramos realizar la expedición Reef Check San Andrés, donde se evaluó la
Read more
Corales de paz buceo con propósito reef check reef repair

Reef Check San Andrés: El que es buzo con propósito repite!

El equipo Reef Check Colombia, liderado por Corales de Paz, realizó con éxito del 12 al 15 de octubre la quinta expedición de monitoreo participativo
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Infographics

These are infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2019

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2018

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2017
Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2019

Watch some videos from our previous expeditions.

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