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Protecting Community Health Workers: PPE Needs and Recommendations for Policy Action   [open pdf - 1004KB]

From the Document: "Community health workers (CHWs) are often the first point of care for vulnerable and underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for CHWs to safely support COVID-19 response efforts and maintain essential services. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a surge in demand for--and corresponding global shortage of--PPE. While this deficit affects all health workers, recent evidence suggests CHWs in low- and middle-income countries have been disproportionally affected due, in large part, to their incomplete integration within national health systems. [...] The absence of a publicly available baseline for consolidated PPE needs for CHWs in low-income countries inhibits efforts to protect and equip CHWs during this crisis. We provide a starting point for the magnitude of needs across 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that actively rely on a CHW cadre."

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2020-06
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Center for Global Development. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/]
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