Reaching Communities: Locally-Led and Innovative COVID Response

Session Date: April 23, 2021

Session Description: COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO reports that 90% of countries have experienced disruption to essential health services with low- and middle-income countries reporting the greatest difficulties. Investments in quality community health programs are integral to responding to the current pandemic including vaccine rollout, preparing for future health emergencies and continuing to provide access to essential and primary health services, including sexual and reproductive health services. Countries that have been successful in responding to COVID-19, already made significant investments in community health programs and mHealth technologies, and these health workers and technologies that provide quality primary care during normal times could be quickly mobilized to respond to the pandemic. This session will share best practices, new technologies and vaccine strategies in community health to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.