COVID-19 Response


We are committed to supporting governments and local partners to deploy community and frontline health workers to safely prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus.

In countries that are already facing shortages of health workers and supplies, COVID-19 will overwhelm health systems—disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable.

Community and frontline health workers have a critical role in responding to the pandemic. To ensure patients can safely access the care they deserve, we have organized a comprehensive response around three primary objectives: ensuring the continuity of primary healthcare services, limiting health worker infections, and eliminating transmission from known cases. These objectives underpin our partnerships with Ministries of Health in Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Uganda, and our global efforts to provide accessible education and training content on COVID-19.

In Liberia and Malawi, we are working with Ministries of Health and local partners to ensure community and frontline health workers are a critical part of the country’s response efforts. This includes building on our long-standing work in Liberia, where all community health workers deployed nationally have been trained and supported to fight COVID-19 while continuing to provide access to routine health services. Early evidence from Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant Program indicates that community health worker service provision has held steady since the onset of COVID-19, with only marginal decreases in facility-based delivery rates in areas served by the program, further highlighting the critical role community and frontline health workers play in ensuring rural communities have uninterrupted access to life-saving care during the pandemic.

We are also seconding staff to the Ministries of Health in Uganda and Ethiopia to strengthen their national response efforts and better leverage digital tools to disseminate educational resources on COVID-19 to health workers. In Ethiopia, the Community Health Academy supported the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute to develop and launch the COVID-19 Ethiopia app. As the Federal Ministry of Health’s first smartphone-based digital learning platform for COVID-19, the app is supporting Ethiopia’s health workforce to identify and treat patients with COVID-19. Across the country, more than 2,349 health sector professionals have viewed modules on risk communication and community engagement, surveillance, case management, and infection prevention and control of COVID-19.

Alongside a coalition of partners, the Community Health Academy has also launched the COVID-19 Digital Classroom, which provides medically-reviewed multimedia training and education content for frontline health workers and local communities. Content in the Digital Classroom includes a course series focused on building core skills in managing COVID-19 cases at the community-level, including contact tracing, home based care and isolation, and community-based surveillance.

We are committed to supporting governments and local partners to deploy community and frontline health workers to safely prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, global demand for personal protective equipment has surged, leaving health workers in low- and middle-income countries vulnerable. In response, we have been working closely with Ministries of Health in Liberia and Malawi to procure and distribute personal protective equipment. We have supported the distribution of more than 370,000 masks, 2,000 respirators, 450,000 gloves, 12,000 gowns, and 4,000 pieces of eye protection, as well as hand washing buckets and bottles of hand sanitizer, liquid soap, and bleach to community health workers, health facilities, and hospitals in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties. In Malawi, we contributed more than 900,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health.

To supplement government-led national quantification efforts and ensure community health workers are prioritized to receive the protection they need, we teamed up with COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa to equip up to one million community health workers with 450 million pieces of personal protective equipment and essential medical items across 24 African countries, including Liberia and Malawi.

Learn more about our progress in our recent Quarterly Report.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support our COVID-19 response through financial or in-kind contributions, please reach out to partnerships@lastmilehealth.org

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