This project aims to support local health facilities, treatment centers, and healthcare providers, to respond to COVID-19 efficiently and without getting infected. It provides training, regular accompaniment, and Personal Protective Equipment (surgical masks, gloves, infra-red thermometers, cloth masks), hygiene equipment (Soap, chlorine, water dispensers - most rural facilities do not have running water) and other needs such as extra scrubs, aprons, and flasks for sample movement.
The number of infected persons doubled from one week to the other in the South-West in June, 2020. 10% of infected persons are health personnel, there are massive risks of infections Most cases are staying at home, and the health workers don't have resources to carry out efficient contact tracing, or to enforce and support isolation. The population knows about coronavirus, but takes little protective measures, missinformation, stigma, denial and panic are all crippling a cohesive response.
This project will try to contribute to the response by supporting health structures operating in rural areas to be COVID-19-ready and protected against infection while they treat and identify cases. Funds will be used for Personal Protective Equipment and other items necessary to fight COVID-19 in this underfunded environment. Most health facilities assessed by Reach Out have no more than 50 surgical masks, and some don't even have enough soap.
Health personnel will gain great knowledge on contact-tracing and prevention of infection and control, and they will be protected against possible infections in the course of their work. Overall, the local health system will be more ready to face this pandemic and any other one that comes. Reach Out gives extremely flexible funding that can be used wherever most needed. Check our reports for examples. South-West Cameroon is in the middle of a civil war, a massive outbreak will be a catastrophe.