Supporting health facilities to fight COVID-19
Our Priorities
Strengthening health systems and workers
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Priority

To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on national health systems, our teams are providing targeted support, including:

  • personal protective equipment (PPE): masks and gloves,
  • supplies: thermometers and pulse oximeters,
  • Support for formal and informal health workers, including community health workers.

Community health workers play a vital role in reducing the transmission of disease, not only through promoting preventive behaviours (such as social distancing and proper handwashing) but also through contact tracing as well as detecting and referring individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and encouraging people suspected of having COVID-19 to seek care early. They also play an important role in continuing routine health care such as nutrition promotion and services such as routine vaccinations that can often be interrupted during an epidemic or pandemic.

Of equal importance, our teams will also support the establishment and running of isolation centres (either re-purposed facilities or low-cost temporary structures) and assist with transportation to these centres for people who are sick and require treatment.

Finally, because health facilities globally in developing nations often lack access to clean water and/or sanitation and hygiene facilities, we will support with emergency rehabilitation and installation of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities at health centers providing care to people with COVID-19.