Jhpiego Responds.
Dear Friend,

Today we are facing a global health crisis unprecedented in recent history, and, as of now, with unknown impact worldwide. The spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting Jhpiego, as it is the entire global community.

Our experts and operations staff are working tirelessly with the communities we serve so they will be prepared to respond to the pandemic. Jhpiego’s global health colleagues, inside and outside of our organization, are sharing the latest evidence to ensure that up-to-date recommendations and practices are in place, especially in the world’s most vulnerable settings.

Around the world, our team is doing what they can with the limited resources they have. We continue to share our expertise and resources in infection prevention and control, especially for frontline health workers, and maternal and newborn health with a wide range of institutions and agencies that are responding to the pandemic. Jhpiego has been collaborating with ministries of health to develop plans and strategies so that health care facilities are prepared to respond through adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines, triage, isolation of symptomatic patients and clinical management of those suspected to have, and confirmed with, COVID-19, including pregnant women. We will support health care providers with updated training and essential supplies and equipment, as we have in the past.

This virus is a vivid and painful reminder of the importance of good health, the need for robust health systems and the challenges women and their families face around the world daily. There is no community around the world that is not currently affected or at risk. In the places where we work, the risks are higher, the needs are greater and the resources are more limited. During this challenging time, our attention will remain focused on the world’s most vulnerable families and the health care providers who care for them. We will continue to do all that we can to safeguard the health of those we serve.

In the near term, we have postponed our 2020 gala, scheduled for April 28. A new date will be forthcoming.

Our event scheduled for April 16, 2020, with the Woodrow Wilson Center has been moved to a virtual/remote discussion. We hope you will participate. Look for an update and link to the webcast. This meeting focuses on the World Health Organization’s first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report—a topic that is especially important now. We are continuing this meeting in solidarity with our nurses worldwide, who persevere even through the most challenging times.

Jhpiego is continuing to operate; all our staff are following country guidance on telecommuting and business operations. We want to ensure the health and safety of our team and the community at large. We remain determined to continue our mission in spite of this difficult situation.

Best regards,
Leslie Mancuso
Dr. Leslie Mancuso
President and CEO, Jhpiego
Jhpiego—Saving lives. Improving health. Transforming futures.
Johns Hopkins University Affiliate
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