Our COVID-19 Response
FIGHTING THE INFODEMIC
We are disseminating accurate information for virus prevention and treatment via our Health Center by Phone solution. In Malawi and Mozambique, the national health hotline, along with its interactive voice recordings, is providing callers with essential COVID-19 information. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, VillageReach, the Ministry of Health and Praekelt.org launched a WhatsApp chatbot, so anyone with a smartphone can receive instant COVID-19 details.
REMOTE HEALTH WORKER TRAINING
We have launched phone-based training for thousands of health workers in Malawi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
PROTECTING COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHWs)
As the supply chain lead and initiative partner of the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa (CAF-Africa), we are working with Ministries of Health to protect CHWs with personal protective equipment in up to 20 African countries for one year. We also continue to advocate for CHWs to be equipped, trained and supported as part of a well-functioning health system.
MAINTAINING ROUTINE DELIVERIES
One of the most important things that we can do is ensure an uninterrupted supply of vaccines and essential medicines to under-served communities. VillageReach continues direct deliveries to health facilities, including advancing our Drones for Health efforts in remote areas.
SITTING AT THE VACCINE PLANNING TABLE
VillageReach is participating daily in Ministry of Health-led response efforts, with a VillageReach contributor in technical working groups related to the COVID-19 response and vaccine planning in each of our core countries. We are also participating in global organizing mechanisms, with representatives on the Gavi CSO Steering Committee and three COVAX Country Readiness and Delivery working groups.