01 Sep 2021 Ensuring PPE for All CHWs in Madagascar
Around the world, community health workers (CHWs) have been providing the first line of response in the COVID-19 pandemic – from case identification, to contact tracing, referral to higher levels of care, and treatment followup. In Madagascar, the majority of CHWs work on a volunteer basis. As an essential part of the public health system, they deserve and require adequate protection to ensure not only their own safety, but also that of their patients and communities.
Today, we are proud to be partnering with the Covid-19 Action Fund for Africa (CAF-Africa) and Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health to launch the distribution of PPE across the country for the nearly 40,000 CHWs living and working across Madagascar. With a total of 1.6 million masks, 33,000 face shields, and 1 million gloves compiled in the nation’s capital, distribution has launched to better protect those working on the frontlines and the communities they serve.
We are grateful and proud to be participating in CAF-Africa’s mobilization for the equitable distribution of PPE worldwide. To learn more about the impact of this initiative, click here.