Published on 13/04/2020

Coronavirus: Our commitment to communities in the health crisis

For several months, the world has been experiencing a major outbreak of the Coronavirus disease. To date, this situation has affected 52 out of 54 African countries, with more than 32,000 confirmed cases and over 1,400 deaths (source: WHO).

This crisis is increasingly undermining economies, destabilising even the most robust health systems and requiring measures that affect individual and collective lifestyles. Governments and various development actors have joined forces to respond to the epidemic and its consequences.   

Committed to working alongside communities to ensure access to quality care for the most vulnerable, ENDA Santé and its partners have mobilised to contribute to the response to COVID-19 with community actors in local and national health structures.

In Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and other West African countries, ENDA Santé, while acting primarily at the community level, carries out several actions, including

  • support for health structures in terms of protection and intervention materials and equipment: its mobile clinics and molecular biology laboratory are made available to partner health districts.
  • distribution of disinfection products, equipment, individual and community prevention materials
  • support for initiatives aimed at reviving the local economy, while combating COVID-19, such as the production of several thousand masks by tailors and craftsmen.

In addition, ENDA Santé has invested, with the support of its technical and financial partners, in the preparation of organic food kits, made up of basic local products, marketed by women's groups based in Popenguine.

Hygiene kits are also being developed to facilitate hand washing in busy areas.  

In order to amplify the prevention messages, roll out a vast information campaign and support all the initiatives of the associative movements, ENDA Santé has produced several communication materials in local languages (Wolof, Diola, Mandingue, Pulaar, Creole, Bassari, Arabic and Serer) which have been widely disseminated on various social networks (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp).