We are committed to continuing care for all our patients and staff in our 13 projects around the country, ensuring that all needed supplies and medications are available. We are supporting and reinforcing infection prevention and control measures, staff training, and other preventive measures. Our staff are adapting the way we care for people who are the most at risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19, if infected, such as malnourished children and people living with HIV and tuberculosis.
We are also scaling up our engagement with the communities to explain what COVID-19 is and work together to promote and adapt prevention measures to the realities of daily life.
In the capital Bangui, we are in discussions with the Ministry of Health about case management and preparations for the national emergency response plan. A possible location for an MSF COVID-19 treatment centre has been identified, with the new centre aiming to treat severe and critical patients. MSF is also assisting with through technical support, contact tracing, and sample collection and analysis.
We are building more handwashing points in the facilities where we work and helping local authorities set up additional ones in towns.