From Partners In Health’s experience with cholera, Ebola, HIV and tuberculosis, we know that COVID-19 will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable—the very patients that PIH serves around the world. We also know that facility and community-based solutions that prioritize both high quality treatment and prevention can minimize the death toll of epidemics and help to contain the spread of disease.
The best response to an epidemic such as COVID-19 is through a strong health system—one that has the necessary staff, stuff, space, systems and social support in place to be able to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease. PIH’s expansive network of community health workers is strategically placed to educate the population about a new disease, perform active case finding, accompany those who are ill to health facilities, and support those who are not ill but need to remain isolated at home through targeted social support.
Please help us act quickly to enable safe testing, provide high quality care, perform critical contact tracing and support our public sector government partners in a time of urgent need.