Working to contain COVID-19 in Madagascar

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In Madagascar Pivot, a global healthcare NGO, is implementing a raft of infection control and prevention measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, placing procurement orders for the materials required, increasing regional lab capacity and working to develop protocols and training plans. We supporting the procurement and distribution of essential medicines, supplies, and equipment.

Duration
2020
Focus area
Emergency Response Access to Basic Services
country
Madagascar
partner
PIVOT

Context

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis of global scale that is putting some of the world’s most advanced and well-resourced healthcare systems under enormous strain. To countries with already fragile health systems, the pandemic poses an additional concern, disproportionately affecting the poor and vulnerable.

When the crisis hit, Cartier Philanthropy provided immediate assistance to its own communities and simultaneously reached out to its partner organisations, granting them the necessary flexibility in terms of use of funds and reporting.

We granted additional support to those whose coordinated responses leveraged existing platforms, infrastructures and relationships.

Emergency response

In Madagascar, Pivot has been working closely with the government since 2014 to transform the public health system of a single district, Ifanadiana - dotted with some 1000 villages and 14 towns and home to over 200,000 people - through a model of universal access to high-quality care that can be replicated and scaled.

Built around rigorous data systems and analysis, PIVOT’s solution could greatly improve the quality of health care in rural Madagascar, one of the poorest regions of the world. The results of a research chronicling progress between 2014 and 2016 reported that in just 2 years, under-5 mortality in PIVOT’s pilot area dropped by nearly 20% and neonatal mortality fell by 36%.

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, importing tests, increasing regional lab capacity 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.