Global Citizen, PAHO and Sony Music Latin artists renew their commitment to campaigning against COVID-19 in the Americas – PAHO/WHO

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One year after the successful launch of “Color Esperanza 2020”, Diego Torres, Kany García, Leslie Grace, Thalía and Carlos Vives will use their social platforms to engage with communities in the Americas by sharing educational messages of hope, good -being and health to the prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Washington, DC, June 15, 2021 (OPS) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues a collaborative effort with artists from Global Citizen and Sony Music Latin on campaigns to inform and educate people in the Americas on the spread of COVID-19.

“Color Esperanza 2021: Protect Yourself and Others,” features 5 Latin artists who have come forward to help share messages about preventing the spread of coronavirus through their social media using the lyrics from the song “Color Esperanza “.

These artists include Diego Torres – who co-wrote and performed the song, which translates into English as “Color of Hope” – as well as Kany García, Leslie Grace, Thalía and Carlos Vives. Together, they will help spread messages of hope, wellness and health, specifically for young people in the Americas, to stand in the way of COVID-19.

“Even with the deployment of vaccines in our region, we must maintain public health measures to limit exposure to this virus,” PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said. “Social distancing, limiting gatherings and consistently using masks in public places and frequent hand washing are our absolute best hopes for reducing the number of COVID-19 infections right now.”

The 2021 campaign prioritizes prevention – wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and staying home – and will address important mental health issues related to the virus. The Americas recently surpassed 1.6 million deaths from COVID-19 – over 1 million in Latin America and the Caribbean – and over 67.6 million confirmed cases.

Originally launched in May 2020, the initiative also envisions the donation of all royalties collected by the record company from the track “Color Esperanza”, in perpetuity, to support PAHO’s response to the pandemic. The organization’s response activities include the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 tests and intensive care equipment for countries including Belize, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Suriname.

In March this year, PAHO delivered life-saving PPE to 36 countries, including 6.2 million gloves, 2.1 million gowns, 40 million surgical and respiratory masks, 371,000 goggles, and more than 24 million COVID-19 test kits. “Color Esperanza 2020” has contributed to these efforts.

Alex Gallardo, President of Sony Music US Latin said, “For so long, ‘Color Esperanza’ has shone as a beacon of hope for music fans everywhere. We are honored to partner with Global Citizen to present a new take on this classic, which includes some of Latin music’s biggest stars in the next generation and together support the fight against COVID-19. Music always brings hope when we need it most.

Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said, “Global Citizen is proud to partner with Sony Music Latin to celebrate frontline healthcare workers around the world and support PAHO’s response. to the COVID-19 epidemic. We must continue to work together as a global community to address the current crisis and invest in the solutions needed to stop another pandemic before it happens.

Funding from the campaign also helps PAHO respond to specific and emerging health needs in the region. This is being achieved by ensuring essential frontline healthcare workers are safe, maintaining and scaling up key surveillance efforts to ensure rapid case detection and better understanding of changing virus trends, as well as supporting local care delivery to heal and save lives. of COVID-19 patients.


About PAHO

PAHO works with the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the population. Founded in 1902, it is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It serves as the WHO regional office for the Americas and is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system. www.paho.org

About Global Citizen

Global Citizen is the world’s largest movement of people taking action and making an impact to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly users, our voices have the power to bring long-term changes in sustainability, equality and humanity. For more information, visit www.GlobalCitizen.org.

About Sony Music Latin America

Sony Music US Latin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, is the premier Latin music company overseeing the United States and Puerto Rico and home to the most prolific artists in the Latin genre.

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company whose current roster includes a wide range of local artists and international superstars. The company has an extensive catalog that includes some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to major record labels representing music of all genres including Arista Records, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Black Butter Records, BPG Music, Bystorm Entertainment, Century Media, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records , Disruptor. Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, House of Iona Records, Insanity Records, Keep Cool, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Masterworks Broadway, Ministry of Sound Recordings, Monument Records, OKeh, Polo Grounds Music, Portrait, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Relentless Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music and Verity Records. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

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