Virtual is the only way to go during a lockdown in a pandemic when time is not on your side.
Updates on psychosocial impact of COVID-19 for health workers in Zambia. Pre-service education in Myanmar. COVID-19 data collection in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Q&As with pregnant Nigerian women concerned about the coronavirus.
Those are just a few of the services facilitated through phone calls, SMS, apps, WhatsApp, Zoom and the Project ECHO teleconference platform as Jhpiego’s global staff work to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Whether training thousands of health workers in India or counseling a new mom on use of family planning, we are committed to delivering high-quality health services to women and families in spite of the challenges posed by a novel virus.
In Mozambique, Jhpiego supports the Ministry of Health’s Telessaúde MZ COVID-19 risk-assessment tool, an app that helps people evaluate symptoms through a series of screening questions and offers next steps based on risk level. Since its launch, the app has been accessed more than 65,000 times, with 18% of results suggesting medium to high risk and a need for further screening or self-quarantining. Moreover, the app can help to pinpoint provinces where risk is high. With limited testing available in Mozambique, the app is reducing the burden on the health system. And, through the Telessaúde MZ tele-education module, more than 900 clinicians working in remote areas of the country were trained to detect, prevent and respond to COVID-19 in their communities in just 2 weeks.
That’s digital that delivers.
In Nigeria, teams promote self-care by hosting biweekly ECHO sessions to answer women’s questions about the coronavirus, COVID-19 in pregnancy and mental health.
As Jhpiego responds to the health delivery challenges brought on by the pandemic, our focus remains on vulnerable women and families. To reach survivors of gender-based violence in Nepal, Jhpiego repackaged an in-person mentoring program into a virtual platform to support health service providers, including medical officers and nurses, in one-stop crisis management centers. We’re also working to ensure an Internet connection for facilities in the country’s remote, hilly regions.