feature story Chevron Brasil makes donations to help fight the new coronavirus
Chevron Brasil has contributed to actions to help in fight the coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro. At the moment, the company has contributed to several initiatives that include the construction of a field hospital to the purchase of personal protection and personal hygiene items for doctors and nurses.
One of the donations, in the amount of R$ 1 million, was made through the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels (IBP) for the construction of a field hospital in Gávea that will serve patients with COVID-19 from neighboring communities, such as Rocinha and Vidigal. The construction and operation of this new unit will be led by Rede D’Or São Luiz and will have 100 beds for ICUs and other 100 beds for infirmary, in addition to a fully equipped structure for consultations and exams. Construction is at an accelerated pace and the hospital is expected to be ready in early May.
Chevron Brasil also acquired over 5,000 disposable medical aprons in the amount of R$ 32.5 thousand that will be donated to meet the high demand of the Martagão Gesteira Childcare and Pediatric Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IPPMG/UFRJ), which has been not receiving the necessary amount due to the pandemic. The hospital mostly serves children from poor communities in the region, such as Maré. In addition to being a university hospital, the institute is a research unit in the maternal and child area, including research related to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.
In a voluntary action promoted by the Chevron Brasil team, the pediatric hospital will also receive 1,800 personal hygiene kits to distribute to mothers and fathers accompanying hospitalized children. The volunteers raised R$ 9 thousand to the purchase kits that include soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes – items that are usually donated to the hospital, but due to the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, they are not arriving at the institute.
To engage the team in this initiative, the company doubled the amount collected, donating the same amount collected (R$ 9 thousand) for the volunteer action, and this amount will be destined for the purchase of N95 masks and disposable medical aprons for the hospital.
About Chevron Brasil
Through its affiliates, Chevron has been present in Brazil since 1915, when it traded oil products under the Texaco brand. In 1997, the company expanded its business in the country to the exploration and production area, after a decision by the Brazilian government to open the sector to private investment. Today, the company is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and its activities include the exploration and production of oil and gas in twelve deepwater projects, eleven of which are located in the prolific Brazilian pre-salt.
In the downstream segment, since 1980 the company has operated a Chevron Oronite additives and petrochemicals plant for fuels and lubricants at the Mauá Petrochemical Complex, in São Paulo. In 2017, the company entered into a joint venture forming ICONIC Lubrificantes to market its lubricant brands. For more information about Chevron in Brazil, visit the website www.brazil.chevron.com. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.