- Qualified health care professionals and development experts working voluntarily across borders, recognising the need for a global, unified approach in tackling pandemics.
- Support for nurses & nurse-midwivesin their fight against pandemics, with current focus on the production of evidenced-based, reusable locally produced PPE in the context of the COVID-19pandemic.
- Project management is established at country level with known and trusted partners in target countries in Africa.
- Production and distribution of personal protective equipment is supervised by senior nurses in close cooperation with government healthcare authorities.
*Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Zanzibar, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, AAN’s mission is to provide information, technical support and funding for nurse and nurse-midwife projects in Southern and Eastern African countries to produce evidence-based reusable face masks for distribution to nurses, nurse-midwives, other healthcare workers and vulnerable groups.
AAN’s immediate overall vision is to protect a significant number of nurses, midwives, and other healthcare workers in Southern and Eastern African countries from the Covid-19 virus, ensuring containment, reducingtransmission and Covid-19 related morbidity and mortality among patients, families, and community members, through local production anddistribution of evidence-based, reusable face masks. A linked, longer-term vision is the development of locally based, environmentally sustainable and evidence-based PPE production systems, empowering countries and communities to meet their own PPE needs.
The principal work of the COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses & Nurse-Midwives (AAN) is focused on four main targets:
- Developing guidelines for local production of evidence-based reusable face masks.
- Funding projects for local production & distribution of evidence-based reusable face masks.
- Convening Covid-19 Q&A sessions for healthcare professionals across borders to exchange knowledge and practices in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
- Working with the World Continuing Education Alliance to freely deliver up to date COVID-19 courses to nurses and nurse-midwives on the WCEA platform and app.