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 and ensuring patients at the last mile can continue to access primary healthcare. 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 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 community health workers and nurse supervisors who were deployed during Ebola are being trained and supported to fight COVID-19 while continuing to provide access to routine health services.
  • 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.
  • Finally, we are contributing to the global response by sharing tools and best practices to support health workers and leaders on the frontlines of the response through the Community Health Academy, coalition partners, and advocacy efforts.
To support our COVID-19 response, you can donate here. 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

IN THE NEWS

  • TIME: Five Key Lessons From Ebola That Can Help Us Win Against Coronavirus, Everywhere by Madame President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf & Raj Panjabi
  • BMJ Blog: Prevent, Detect, Respond: Rapidly expanding healthcare teams through community health workers in the fight against COVID-19 by Liberia Ministry of Health & Last Mile Health
  • NPR: How Do You Do Contact Tracing? Poor Countries Have Plenty Of Advice
  • Fortune: Millions unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic could be retrained to fight it by Raj Panjabi & Mitch Weiss
  • Community Health Impact Coalition: Priorities for the Global COVID-19 Response

 

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