Living Goods responds to COVID-19 cases in Kenya
Swiss Re Foundation partners with Living Goods to fight COVID-19 PANDEMIC in Kenya
In April Swiss Re Group announced it was providing the Swiss Re Foundation with an additional CHF 5 million to fund COVID-19 relief efforts. Over the last two months, the Swiss Re Foundation has been in contact with its local and global partners to assess the business impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
We're happy to report back on how funds are being used and how we're making a collective impact. Here is one of the stories.
Swiss Re Foundation partners with Living Goods to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya
As of 29 June 2020, there have been a recorded number of 383 747 confirmed cases and 9,691 deaths in the African region (*Africa CDC Dashboard). With these sharp increases in COVID-19 caseloads it has resulted in an overwhelming disruption in the overall health care systems in areas that are already facing shortages of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers. In order to ensure that those impacted and infected with COVID-19 are provided with the best care possible, Living Goods have created innovative strategies for delivering preventive and diagnostic services across the community. The Community Health Workers (CHWs) are paramount in fighting the pandemic and maintaining existing essential health care service delivery in Kenya's vulnerable communities.
Swiss Re Foundation has had a strong and sustainable partnership with Living Goods dating back to July 2018. Living Goods was featured in the Swiss Re Foundation's Annual Report "Voices for resilience," showing how they are improving basic healthcare delivery across Kenya. The partnership has also resulted in Living Goods' training and deployment of CHWs to look after people in underserved communities in six Kenyan counties.
The core work for Living Goods is in maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and immunisation is seen to be more important than ever. The challenge is to carry out this core work, while beginning delivering initiatives that can also support communities directly impacted by COVID-19. Living Goods have developed training programmes for the CHWs to fight the pandemic and equipped them with the necessary tools including modern technology communication to provide essential healthcare delivery services. CHWs were trained in various COVID-19 prevention measures such as "no touch" telemedicine protocols, remote management, build and test automated SMS/messaging self-help tool for patients who suspect they have the virus, set-up e-learning platforms, and they even supported governments at national and sub-national levels to integrate COVID-19 data into existing health databases.
One of the most innovative strategies developed by Living Goods is their SmartHealth App that allows CHWs to detect and identify childhood diseases, register and track pregnancies, and even determine which patients and services need priority support or potential COVID-19 testing.
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, Living Goods looks to expand on these strategies and fulfill their key objectives which are to (1) Train CHWs and Prevent Disease Transmission; (2) Maintain and expand essential health care delivery services; and (3) Support a strong system-wide response across Kenya. It is obvious to see that Living Goods is creatively and pro-actively finding ways to respond to COVID-19 cases in greater Kenya. As a result, more people are being treated early and lives are being saved.
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