Caring in times of COVID-19 (II)

31 Jul 2020

When the crisis hit, we provided immediate assistance to our own communities, while simultaneously reaching out to most of our 40 partner organisations. We funded those who have a clear comparative advantage to navigate this storm (Part II).

Investing In Our Partners (2)

When the crisis hit, we provided immediate assistance to our own communities, while simultaneously reaching out to most of our 40 partner organisations. It was critical for us to listen carefully to their needs and challenges in order to serve them to the best of our abilities: they needed us to be reliable, flexible, and pragmatic, fully trusting their ability to cope, adapt and rebound.

We realised early on that some of them not only have the right skill sets and networks to navigate the current storm, but also a clear comparative advantage: they implement solutions that work, are already available and could, moreover, even gain momentum while responding to the pandemic.

We consequently prioritised and gave additional funds to those active in the key sectors of health and access to clean water and sanitation: Integrate Health in Togo, Pivot in Madagascar, Saha Global in Ghana, and SOIL in Haiti.

In Togo, Integrate Health has created a community-led low-cost model which combines professional community health workers with improved care in public clinics to make high-quality primary healthcare available to the general population. Our funds are supporting the organisation’s efforts to minimize the impact of coronavirus in the country, while ensuring the continuity of primary healthcare services in the communities they serve.
The effective implementation of Integrate Health’s pandemic response could be an incredible opportunity to accelerate and intensify their goal of strengthening the national primary health system across Togo.

In Madagascar, Pivot has been working closely with the government since 2014 to transform the public health system of a single district, Ifanadiana, through a model of universal access to high-quality care that can be replicated and scaled.
The organisation is currently implementing a raft of infection control and prevention measures to contain the spread of the pandemic, placing procurement orders for the materials required, and working with partners such as the Community Health Impact Coalition to develop protocols and training plans.
Our funds are in particular helping them with the procurement and distribution of essential medicines, supplies, and equipment.

Saha Global trains women in northern Ghana to start and sustain small water treatment businesses so that their communities can benefit from safe, affordable drinking water while the women earn a supplemental income. Saha set up a Coronavirus Emergency Water Fund in June, following the national government’s announcement that it would pay all Ghanaians’ water bills for three months and provide water tanker services to vulnerable communities. Since there are no water services in Northern Ghana, Saha’s initiative is enabling everyone in 247 communities to benefit from access to free water through their Saha businesses for the whole of June, July and August 2020. This temporary financial support will help ensure the water businesses’ survival and positively impact the communities served, as well as Saha’s relationship with the government.

At a time when staying at home is critical to saving lives, the importance of safe household sanitation is clearer than ever. SOIL has been working in Haiti since 2006 to provide safe sanitation solutions.
As an essential service provider, SOIL is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the country: it can leverage regular client visits for educational purposes and the distribution of supplies, and has a strong relationship with the government, which asked for its help in obtaining safety and outreach equipment to assist the national response.
Our funds are supporting them to deploy public toilet facilities with the aim of reaching an estimated 218,000 users over six months, ensuring the safe treatment of over 70 tons of human waste.

We will continue to prioritise impactful relevant interventions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and strive to provide our grantees with the most appropriate support to weather the coming months until increased clarity allows for longer term planning.