Announcements May 05, 2020
What keeps us going these days?
These days, it’s the little things that tend to mean most. They help me separate one day from the next amid my “new normal” routine of commuting down the hall to my desk. Today, on #GivingTuesdayNow, I invite you to join me in giving thanks to the many people doing little (and not-so-little) things around the world to show their support for the communities we serve in rural Madagascar:
- From newly-arrived PIVOT hospital care mentor Dr. Jessie Lucey, who flew to Madagascar early to start her new job before borders were closed to international travel;
- to graduate student Murti Nauth, who redirected her stimulus check to PIVOT and other organizations she trusts to tackle the pandemic’s most pressing challenges;
- to community health worker Fety Randrianarivelo, who raised her voice in a plea to provide PPE for all alongside peers from around the world;
- to the guard at Ranomafana Health Center (pictured above, right), who has taken to assisting patients at the hand-washing station outside the facility’s entrance;
- to our new friend Nancy Palus who wrote a piece entitled “A Tale of 13 Tests” for our blog in order to capture this singular moment in time for our team.
We are grateful for each of you, as well as the many others not listed here who are carrying out similar acts of selflessness every day.
As of today, Madagascar has confirmed 149 cases of coronavirus. But, with limited testing capabilities, it’s nearly certain that more remain undetected, meaning the threat of epidemic remains tangible for our staff and partners across the country. PIVOT exists because we know that strengthening the public health system as a whole is the best antidote to widespread preventable death. And so our clinical team is carrying on, working harder than ever to keep malaria treatment accessible, deliveries safe, and vaccines on schedule, while also preparing for an outbreak.
Together, we stand in solidarity with the nurses, doctors, community health workers, and all who are facing the COVID-19 pandemic with courage, dignity, and hope for a better tomorrow. Anything you are able to give to PIVOT’s frontline responders – to help, to thank, to heal – is deeply appreciated. What might feel like a small act to you can go a long way to support those who are most vulnerable in the face of today’s crisis.
In this together,