The COVID-19 Response Fund

Our Response to COVID-19

In April, the World Health Organization recommended that most parts of neglected tropical disease (NTD) programs – such as community- and school-based mass drug administrations, training for health care workers, and community-based surveys – be postponed due to COVID-19. While activities are paused, the END Fund has a unique role to play in leveraging our network and resources to continue to help protect the vulnerable communities we serve during these extraordinary times. Our immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic was to engage with every one of our implementing partners and ask what challenges they face, how they plan to respond, and how we can help.

The END Fund's COVID-19 Response Fund

Most of our partners will face urgent needs in the coming months. The communities our partners serve are often highly vulnerable and are therefore likely to be particularly impacted by COVID-19. Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, we will support programs, primarily in Africa, that provide communities and health workers with the direct services they need. Given we are in the midst of a worldwide global handwashing campaign and handwashing is also essential in preventing intestinal worm infections, this presents a natural opportunity for the END Fund to contribute to the response effort.

Are you an organization that would like to make an in-kind donation to help respond to COVID-19? Email [email protected] for more details.

Updates

Tippy Taps used to Reduce the Spread of NTDs and COVID-19 in Angola

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By Liya Assefa, Associate, Programs The END Fund has worked in Angola alongside the MENTOR Initiative since 2012, providing technical assistance to the National NTD Program at the Angolan Ministry of Health. Angola had its first suspected cases of COVID-19 in January 2020, with confirmed cases initially identified in late March. Subsequently, a state of…

First Ladies of Africa working to stop the spread of COVID-19

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By Elisa Baring, Senior Director, Public Affairs and Joy Ruwodo, Director, Public Affairs    African First Ladies are organizing to provide coordination and guidance to help lead an effective response to COVID-19 across the continent. First Ladies can offer trusted advice and encouragement – leading by example and communicating clear, comprehensive directives, they can truly…

Helping Where We Can: COVID-19 & The END Fund

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By: Warren Lancaster, Senior Vice President, Programs I am not a natural blogger as evidenced by the time that has passed since my last blog on our site. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it when I do write them as they tend to be fairly reflective. For a person who promotes what is called…

An update on our COVID-19 response

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Dear END Fund Community, It is hard to believe that in just the last four weeks, the world has moved from 160,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases to now over 1.5 million. Each one of us has been touched personally in some way by this global pandemic, and we are far from having clarity on what the…

A Message from the END Fund on COVID-19

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Dear END Fund Community, I hope you, your families, friends, and communities are safe and healthy. These are trying times for all of us, and nothing is more important than the wellbeing of those we hold close. At the END Fund, there are a number of ways COVID-19 is currently impacting us. As supporters of…