COVID RESPONSE

LIFENET’S COVID-19 Response

We are committed to ending preventable death and disease in sub-Saharan Africa. To that end, LifeNet will swiftly act to educate, equip, and empower health workers to fight the spread of COVID-19 and effectively treat patients in their communities.

As a result, we anticipate:

  • 687,000 improve patient visits at 220 health facilities over our 3-month response
  • 5 million people educated on COVID-19
  • 1500 health facility staff trained in management best practices on COVID-19
  • 1500 health workers trained in clinical best practices for COVID-19
  • 1500 health workers equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE)

THE SITUATION

COVID-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

Vulnerable and underserved people in sub-Saharan Africa face some of the most dire healthcare realities in the world. Infectious diseases often disproportionately affect the poor worldwide.

In normal times, poor-quality healthcare services in Africa contribute to low life expectancies; high rates of maternal, child and infant mortality; and widespread death and disease. In times of pandemic, these negative outcomes grow exponentially.

It is expected that due to poor-quality healthcare, limited medical knowledge, and a lack of equipment, COVID-19 will sicken and kill a devastating number of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

In response to COVID-19, LifeNet International is dedicated to saving and improving lives in the region by improving healthcare at the local, faith-based facilities where the most underserved patients often receive care. With a focus on vulnerable populations, including women and children under 5, we ensure health workers have the knowledge and tools they need to effectively diagnose, treat, and save lives with compassion and confidence.

THE RESPONSE

The LifeNet Solution to the COVID-19 Healthcare Crisis

LifeNet International is uniquely positioned at this moment to have an immediate and lasting impact on healthcare facilities that will very soon be treating thousands of COVID-19 patients.

Our network—comprising 220 faith-based health facilities in DR Congo, Burundi, Malawi, and Uganda—registers over 2.5 million patient visits a year in a catchment area of nearly 5 million vulnerable people.

On average, LifeNet’s training and support doubles the quality of care provided at these facilities at a programming cost of just $1 per patient visit. We do this by training health workers and facility managers in best practices and by ensuring good access to and management of supplies of medicines and equipment.

As COVID-19 is poised to devastate Africa in the coming weeks and months, LifeNet is equally poised to save lives by training, equipping, and supporting frontline healthcare workers in these 220 healthcare facilities to safely and efficiently provide high-quality medical care to all patients that arrive at their doors with COVID-19 symptoms.

LifeNet’s experience in Ebola readiness in the region, years of effective infection prevention training, support of health facilities to educate their communities, and expertise in health worker education primes the organization for a quick and comprehensive response to COVID-19.

Multi-stage Response

Stage 1 Response

We are currently doing and will continue to do the following:

  • Train on COVID-19 infection prevention, diagnosis, and proper treatment.
  • Strengthen every health facility’s infection prevention controls.
  • Provide handwashing stations.
  • Support facilities to educate their communities on COVID-19.
Stage 2 Response

We expect in-country travel in the region to be significantly limited. We remain committed to training and supporting frontline health workers, even those who are hard to reach. To that end, we will:

  • Use best practices in distance learning to continue to train health facilities on COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, and proper treatment.
  • Use digital solutions to support facilities to educate their communities on COVID-19.
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve with facility management.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is key for the safety of frontline health workers and infection prevention. To equip those who most need protection in order to save lives in their communities, we are purchasing PPE for all of our current partner facilities.

Stage 3 Response

The spread of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to devastate the region with disease and death. A unified, regional response is required to:

  1. Reach the most vulnerable communities swiftly and with comprehensive support.
  2. Improve the entire continuum of care so all patients have access to the treatments or quick referrals they need, at any point in the health system.

LifeNet is well positioned as a conduit for COVID-19 interventions in the region. We have the capability and capacity to expand our reach, both through digital communication and distance learning, and as an advisor to other health systems, specifically for health facilities.

To that end, we propose to:

  • Expand our digital training and distance learning programs to additional faith-based health facilities in the region.
  • Expand our COVID-19 response solutions to public health facilities in the region via our digital training and distance learning programs and/or consultation with Ministries of Health and other implementing partners.
  • Unify our strategy and efforts with other implementing organizations along the continuum of care, including those working closely with referral hospitals and community health workers.

Now is the time to educate, equip, and empower health workers to save lives. Join us in preventing death and disease.

CONNECT WITH US

IN THE US

LifeNet International
1440 G St, NW
Washington, DC 20005
+1 407 630 9518

IN BURUNDI

LifeNet International
26 Avenue Ngendandumwe
Bujumbura, Burundi

IN UGANDA

64-25 Ring Road, Muyenga
PO Box 21189, Kampala
Uganda

IN DRC

No. 007 Av. Nyofu I, Q. Nyalukemba
C. Ibanda, Bukavu
Democratic Republic of the Congo

IN MALAWI

LifeNet International
CHAM Secretariat, Area 14
Lilongwe, Malawi

SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH INITIATIVE

We were chosen as one of 25 high impact healthcare delivery solutions for the
2015 Social Innovation in Health Initiative, in partnership with the World Health Organization.