Guayaquil, Guayas – Ecuador in Pictures

Guayaquil, Guayas – Ecuador in Pictures

By Daniela Rubio | Program Manager

During late March and early April of 2020, the port city of Guayaquil in Ecuador became one of the epicenters of the novel coronavirus in Latin America. Ecuador is the 8th largest one in population in Latin America, with 17.6 million people, yet is only behind Brazil and Peru today in the total 23,240 number of cases reported. Moreover, Guayas (the province where Guayaquil is located) has nearly 70% of the total cases of infections in the country.

Cities in developed countries with better healthcare systems, like New York, have been struggling to keep up with COVID-19 cases so Ecuador has become a clear and glaring warning of how detrimental this virus can be to developing countries’ health systems. One of the saddest stories and images circulating has been the collapse of the health system in Guayaquil causing people to start dying at home or even worse, on the streets. And while the initial crisis has been contained, this experience raised the alarm to surrounding countries, setting an important standard for stronger social distancing policies to prevent similar outbreaks and health disasters.

One of the reasons that Guayaquil has been able to regain control the outbreak is due to stricter social distancing mechanisms, including the militarization of the city on March 22nd, fines of up to 100 USD, strict curfews, the required use of facemasks, and limited public transportation routes for healthcare workers. This blog explores what the current social distancing measures look like in some of the public spaces and essential businesses in Guayaquil. The pictures collected by our contributors through our Premise app provide a window into that (new) world. 

Empty playgrounds are now a common picture not only in Ecuador but across the world. In Guayaquil, the enforcement of social distancing is done by the army.
Empty public transportation buses in Guayaquil demonstrating how only essential workers are legally allowed to move around without being fined.
Empty plaza with the statue of Juan Pueblo
People are social-distancing while waiting in line at banks and pharmacies.

Premise’s technology allows us to ask citizens located specifically in the region of Guayas, where the city of Guayaquil is located, questions. Through a series of tasks, we’ve been able to map different hospitals and health clinics to understand the variety of options citizens had access to during the months of March and April 2020.

One of the main findings from this data was that there seems to be a gap in health access defined by factors such as the location of a hospital and type of funding it receives (public, private, etc.). The photos below are some examples of health clinics, public hospitals and private hospitals.

A run-down health clinic in Guayaquil.
Hospitals belonging to the Ecuadorian social security system IESS
An entrance to a private hospital

Premise will continue to monitor Guayaquil t and other locations across the world. Learn more about Latin America and other regions through our dedicated section on our company website

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About Daniela Rubio

Daniela Rubio, as a Program Manager, works with Premise clients and partners during the implementation of programs and projects in the international development space. She works cross-functionally with different teams at Premise including growth, engineering and solutions to make sure all aspects of our projects run smoothly. She provides insights to the marketing team and supports the product and sales teams in customer discovery discussions with potential clients and partners. She has more than 10 years of global experience helping organizations and governments tackle complex problems with strategic thinking, partnership and cultural empathy.