East Africa

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage throughout Africa and essential health services like immunization campaigns are interrupted, community health workers (CHWs) continue to play a key role in protecting their communities by providing vital and often life-saving care. The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has grown substantially and, in many countries, CHWs are not included in the forecasting for PPE. This lack of recognition puts the front line of primary healthcare “last in line” for this essential equipment.
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Emphasizing the pivotal role “health for all” plays in global prosperity, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya declared that his country would lead the way by achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2022, eight years ahead of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) deadline.
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