Led by Stephen Asiimwe and Annet Kembabazi, The Global Health Collaborative (GHC) is closely working with key partners, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH), and CGH Boston, to enhance capacity and support for regional COVID-19 response. With support of The Wyss Foundation, and in collaboration with MUST senior leaders, we are repurposing some resources from the First Mile program towards the COVID-19 response. Proposed support will go towards:

  • Surge infrastructure development that includes construction of temporary 80-100 bed COVID-19 Treatment Center at MRRH, with technical support from Build Health International.
  • Procurement of emergency supplies including personal protective equipment, oxygen cylinders, etc.
  • Support to emergency health workforce including health worker & volunteer identification, recruitment and training.
  • Support to the COVID-19 community health response to MRRH-affiliated lower level health centers.
  • Strengthening the referral network including communication, transport and Information Education and Communication support.

The CGH Community Health Team, including Geren Stone, Jess Kenney, and Emily Cable, following the lead of the Ugandan Ministry of Health, has been working with the MUST Community Health Department and the Bugoye Community Health Collaboration (BCHC) to share COVID-19 community health worker (CHW)-related resources for potential program adaptation. BCHC CHWs and program staff have been provided with sanitation supplies and appropriate hygiene guidance.

Global Nursing Director, Mary Sebert, has been providing virtual support to the Ugandan nursing team and may he assisting with development of online learning modules for undergrad students as necessary.