Peruvian health authorities identified the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country on March 6, 2020. The government subsequently established a COVID-19 Task Force and initiated a nationwide shelter-in-place order. Despite these measures, the situation continues to worsen. As of May 27, Peru has 135,905 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is behind only Brazil for most in Latin America. In addition, Peru has 3,983 COVID-19 related fatalities. Unfortunately, current trends indicate that the COVID-19 curve remains on an upward trajectory, with more than 6,000 new cases reported between May 26 and May 27 and an average of 4,555 new cases reported each day over the last seven days, up from a daily average of 3,055 at the beginning of the month. At present, the COVID-19 outbreak in Peru has been concentrated in the greater Lima area, with over 84,994 confirmed cases. This relatively small geographic area is home to one third of Peru’s total population. Other regions with significant numbers of confirmed cases include Lambayeque (6,732); Loreto (3,816); and Piura (6,039). insufficient. For example, more than half of the provinces in the country – many of which are far from Lima – have fewer than ten doctors per 10,000 inhabitants.

This intervention will bring critical support to the Peruvian health sector during the current COVID-19 outbreak by contracting personnel to manage COVID-19 related activities at public health facilities; conducting remote consultations and targeted home visits; and deploying mobile medical clinics to provide primary care and referral services. Americares will coordinate closely with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and other relevant stakeholders for the duration of the program.

Americares is seeking a Desk Officer, Peru based in the U.S. to support our response to the COVID-19 response in Peru. The Desk Officer, Peru will report to the Director, Emergency Response and work with key Peru staff when required. In this role, he/she will provide operational support to the team on the ground and contribute to health program planning and development.