Priorities for the Global COVID-19 Response

Date of Publication
2020

COVID-19 disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable: sharp increases in caseloads will overwhelm health systems in countries already facing shortages of workers and supplies.

With millions of lives at stake, decisive action must be taken now to blunt the impact of the pandemic in countries likely to be hit the hardest. Investment is needed at all levels of the health system and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are poised to play a pivotal role in fighting the pandemic. Members of the Community Health Impact Coalition have come together to urgently outline the targeted actions needed to achieve the following goals:

  1. Protect health care workers
  2. Interrupt the virus
  3. Maintain existing health care services while surging their capacity
  4. Shield the most vulnerable from socioeconomic shocks