Stop COVID-19 in Africa! Protect Nurses. Save Lives.

Update posted by Africa Action Network On Feb 15, 2021

The AAN Network has set a 2021 goal of reaching 11 African countries with projects for production

and distribution of reusable face masks to nurses and other health care workers. At present AAN has

approved and is running projects in Uganda, Malawi, and Rwanda. Project proposals are being

prepared by trusted collaborators in additional countries, among them Zambia, Somalia, and Sudan.

Phase two projects will be considered for those countries that made and distributed reusable face

masks in 2020.

Africa is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 infections, placing a heavy burden on health care systems

that are not as robust as those in developed countries. Vaccination plans are being designed and

rolled out, but the continued need for face masks is vital.

Please continue your contributions to our funding campaign. Every mask counts and saves lives – of

nurses, health care workers, patients and guardians.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Nov 21, 2020

“One infection among health workers is one too many. We must make sure that health personnel have the PPE, skill and information they need”, stated World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

Infections among Africa’s health-care workers have shot up 203 percent since late May, according to the WHO Africa Region. The majority of infections are due to workplace exposure.

  • In Kenya, currently more than 2,200 healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19. The National Nurses Association of Kenya point to the insufficient supply of PPE, and the too often poor quality of protective equipment available.
  • The Uganda Ministry of health reported 971 health care worker infections. In one single day, 9 November 2020, 40 nurses at Mbarara Referral Hospital tested positive.
  • South Africa has the highest number of healthcare workers infected on the African continent, with COVID-19, with 32, 429 cases according to the WHO.
  • Health workers in Eswatini represent less than 1% of the country’s population, but account for 5% of the country’s COVID-19 infections.

“Health facilities are overwhelmed, with just a few health personnel left to attend to all patients needing care, and those left have limited PPE, much of which is substandard,” according to Maurice Opetu, deputy secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Nurses.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Oct 19, 2020

Our AAN network face mask project in Malawi has produced 7,000 masks to date. 1,000 masks were recently donated to the Lilongwe (capital city) District Health Services which has some 400 nurses employed. Another 2,000 masks are being produced and will be donated to the District Health Offices of Blantyre (in the South) and Mzuzu (in the North).

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Oct 06, 2020

Africa Action Network is providing technical assistance to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union.

They are currently carrying out a Covid-19 emergency project to help protect their nurses at Covid-19 hotspots.

We have provided scientific documentation and access to network activities, including free access to online Covid-19 courses through WCEA - The World Continuing Educational Alliance.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Sep 15, 2020

The AAN network is providing technical assistance to a local organization in Uganda – UPLIFT.

Each year, UPLIFT conducts literacy and empowerment training for 1,700 women.

This is in a remote rural area of West Nile, right by the Congo border.

UPLIFT has started local production and distribution of re-useable face masks, combined with Covid-19 training sessions.

Masks and training sessions are based on information provided by AAN.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Sep 08, 2020

The COVID-19 Africa Action Network is pleased to announce the start of a local face mask project in Rwanda. AAN is providing financial and technical assistance. Collaborating partners are the local NGO “Open Arms to Golden Years Village” and “The Rwanda Neonatal Nurses Association”.

The goal is to produce and supply face masks to nurses/midwives in Eastern Rwanda Health Centers and District hospitals, patients, families of health care workers, elderly and vulnerable people.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Sep 08, 2020

The AAN supported face mask project in Malawi has produced 3,000 masks so far.

Face masks have been distributed to health care centers in the border town of Mchinji, just on the Malawi-Zambia border.

Reported cases of Covid-19 are on the rise in Malawi. Nurses are in desperate need of protection.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Aug 03, 2020

Malawi face mask project up and running. The Retired Nurses Association in partnership with the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi is being supported by the Covid-19 Africa Action Network. Production of face masks for health care workers and others has started. 600 masks this first week of production.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Jul 20, 2020

Our Covid-19 network support to a local face mask project in Kampala has resulted in the production and distribution of over 100,000 face masks to health care workers.

Face masks have been distributed to local government in Bushenyi District; Kampala University Teaching Hospital; Hoima Regional Referral Hospital; Buliisa District General Hospital; Bwera District hospital-Kasese; Kagando Hospital, Kasese. Some 20,000 masks are still available to distribute to Covid-19 hot spots.

Congratulations to the Association of Student Nurses and Midwives at Kampala International University.

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Update posted by Africa Action Network On Jul 08, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our network is providing financial support to a local face mask project in Malawi. The project is being run by the Retired Nurses Association of Malawi in partnership with the Nurses and Midwives Council.

Initially, 10,000 face masks will be produced and distributed to retired nurses and midwives, practicing nurses and midwives and student nurses. Some masks will be sold to the public at reduced rates.

Dorothy Ngoma, ex-president of the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi, is coordinating the project and notes that: “This project has come at the right time. Our Covid-19 cases are increasing very fast . We have many nurses infected and in quarantine.”

Local business and organizations will be contacted and encouraged to chip with in-kind or cash donations, so that more masks can be produced and distributed.

The need is great and your continued interest and support is most appreciated.

The Covid-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses and Nurse-Midwives

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My daughter is a nurse in Ontario. This is to honour her work and the work of nurses everywhere.

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Thank you for this fundraising project. I have many NP/nursing colleagues in Africa in need of PPE.

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