Public Health

Building a Cross-Sector Civic Movement to Fight the Pandemic in Panama

July 27, 2021  • Aspen Global Leadership Network

Challenges as big as the ones brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be solved by any one individual leader.

With Panama having one of the longest lockdowns early on in the pandemic, one of the highest COVID-19 case rates in 2020, and limited resources, the country’s government was at capacity in its ability to deal with the pandemic.

Meeting the urgency of the moment, Ana Maria Vallarino, Miky Fabrega, Ana Lucrecia Tovar, and 10 other Central America Leadership Initiative Fellows came together to create #TODOPANAMA, a civic, cross-sector movement that filled the gaps in the government’s response through a public awareness campaign on stopping community contagion and economic recovery support.

Since its launch, #TODOPANAMA served more than 1,700 Covid-positive patients, supporting their families with food and basic supplies, distributed 500,000 masks and face shields nationwide, and raised $3.3+ million dollars for public health awareness. The movement was featured by the World Health Organization as a country case study for its intersectional approach. 

#TODOPANAMA’s impact is a testament to the power of collective leadership. Watch and learn more.

The video was originally shown at the 2021 Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Explore other conversations from the Action Forum on the social change ecosystem, building trust, and scaling for impact.