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 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. To date, we have supported Liberia’s Ministry of Health to train over 1,300 health workers in infection prevention and control.
  • 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, which was downloaded by over 10,000 users in the first week. The Academy also partnered with Makerere University College of Health Sciences to support Uganda’s Ministry of Health in the launch of the Uganda Capacity Building App, which includes modules with videos and quizzes that provide health workers with guidance to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19.
  • 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. The Community Health Academy launched the COVID-19 Digital Classroom, which provides medically-reviewed multimedia training and education content for frontline health workers and communities.

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. We’re partnering with the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to up to one million community health workers responding to COVID-19 serving 400 million people across 24 African countries. 

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




  • The Lancet: COVID-19: Africa Needs Unprecedented Attention To Strengthen Community Health Systems by Lyudmila Nepomnyashchiy, Bernice Dahn, Rachel Saykpah & Mallika Raghavan
  • Devex: Lessons from Liberia—What we Learned From the Fight Against Ebola by Marion Subah & Bernice Dahn
  • TIME: Dr. Raj Panjabi Warns of an Impending ‘Viral Apartheid’ If We Don’t Change Our COVID-19 Approach
  • NPR: Six Pieces Of Advice From A Veteran Contact Tracer And A Newbie with Rachel Saykpah
  • Forbes: Lessons From Ebola: It’s Not Enough To Fight One Disease Outbreak—You Have To Build Systems That Can Prevent The Next Ones by Raj Panjabi and Olivia Leland
  • 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