Stop COVID-19 in Africa!
Protect Nurses. Save Lives.
The COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses & Nurse-Midwives
launches a PPE crowdfunding campaign in solidarity with nurses and
nurse-midwives fighting the coronavirus on the front lines in eastern and
southern Africa. (Link to Crowdfunding and Facebook sites)
10 June 2020: Geneva, Kampala, Oslo, Tatamagouche, Mbabane, Edinburgh, Maseru,
Paris, Nairobi, Toronto, Washington.
In these tough times around the world, one group is particularly hard-hit by the
COVID-19 pandemic – the nurses and nurse-midwives on the front lines in low-resource
settings in eastern and southern Africa. They are too often working without personal
protective equipment and finding themselves at great risk of infection and physical
and psychological violence, all the while acting as the mainstay in stemming a menace
threatening to overwhelm their communities and nations. Hear the reality from a nurse
Announcing the Protect Nurses. Save Lives campaign, Judith Oulton, former CEO
of the International Council of Nurses and Network Chair, stated: “Harnessing the
professionalism and resilience of tens of thousands of African nurses struggling to
protect and care for their communities; the powerful advocacy of Stephen Lewis, former
UN Envoy for HIV/AIDS and Co-Director of AIDS-Free World; the knowledge platform
of our inaugural donor, Graham Hellier MBE, Chair of the World Continuing Education
Alliance (WCEA); and the multinational group of HCWs and professionals that form the
Covid-19 Africa Action Network, we are proud to launch this campaign. We ask that you
join us and contribute, to ensure nurses and nurse-midwives are protected as they work
to stop the virus and care for victims.”
All donations go directly, as modest grants, to on-the-ground projects for procurement,
production, and provision of personal protective equipment in Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho,
Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The AAN Network supports several initiatives, including establishing evidence-based
specifications for artisanal PPE, and live, online Q&A sessions linking doctors in China,
who were first responders during the Wuhan stage of the pandemic, to healthcare
professionals in Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. AAN also works
closely with WCEA, to deliver regularly updated COVID-19 courses to nurses and nursemidwives in low and medium-income countries free on the WCEA platform and app.
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The COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses & Nurse-Midwives is a global, all volunteer group of health
care professionals, working to support nurses & nurse-midwives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in
Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.