First responders are on the frontlines of battling COVID19. While they're disproportionally affected by the virus globally, they are a critical force in saving patients and preventing spread and infection. Their proper use of PPE, as well as access to PPE is critical not just for their own wellbeing, but for the prevention of the spread of the virus.
Before the first case was discovered in Kenya, we worked together with our partners to distribute protocols, trained hundreds of EMTs on proper use of PPE, and distributed Personal Protective Equipment to our first responders.
All of our ambulance partners are equipped with COVID19 PPE, and trained in caring for patients with suspected and confirmed COVID19. As well as proper disinfection and PPE donning and doffing protocols to protect themselves and their patients.
An unexpected side effect of the pandemic was reduced mobility and access to urgent care for non-COVID19 cases, particularly at night during the curfew, as well as in overcrowded facilities. To help ensure that women have access to health services during pregnancy and delivery, we joined the Wheels for Life initiative, and together with other partners like AMREF, and Kenya Health Federation, we have helped more than 100k women get the help they need.