To increase efficiency of operations and speed of response, as well as deliver more effective programs and services for the communities we serve, International Medical Corps organizes its international programs by regions, with each region supported by an interdisciplinary team. The West Region includes countries in west, central and southern Africa, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean: Bahamas, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Since March 30, the entire nation has been on lockdown, with efforts being made to trace individuals who have been in contact with infected persons. International Medical Corps’ Zimbabwe team continues to participate remotely in key meetings with donors and partners. Through an existing program, the team facilitates ongoing district-level distribution of COVID-19 prevention flyers and posters. The team has also worked collaboratively with the Ministry of Health to develop additional educational materials for distribution, and applied for 500 bicycles from World Bicycle Relief to be used by community health volunteers working on COVID-19 prevention issues. Currently, the team is preparing a number of WASH proposals that include COVID-19 prevention messaging, training activities, distribution of hygiene kits and waste management.