As with many other charities Covid-19 has had a huge impact, In March 2020 we made the difficult decision to cancel our usual activity and volunteer doctors travelling to Zambia were put on hold until January 2021. Here we outline the work carried out in 2020 in order to continue supporting the health system in Zambia, and the adapted programme that took place between January and April 2021, once our volunteers return.
Project outline 2021
Between January and April 2021 we met the immediate needs of the health system in Southern Province, while supporting long term health system strengthening, and improved health outcomes through strategic planning and quality improvement projects at different levels of the health system. We will do this through the following activities:
- Delivered direct consultations, advice and treatment within Livingstone, Kazungula and Zimba district hospitals, where they were overwhelmed due to an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the region. Doctors were placed based on their specialism, to match the needs of these hospitals. The volunteer doctors also formed part of their respective District Incident Management teams for Covid-19, to support strategic planning to improve the response
Our work in 2020
As we adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, pausing our rural activity in order to limit the spread of the virus. On Call Africa switched to focus on supporting the national and regional response through our team, and our dedicated network of volunteers. This involved:
- Worked with the Ministry of Health to develop national protocols for Community Health Workers, helping to keep them safe and informed through Covid-19, and to ensure the safe continuation of vital services