North Star Alliance’s Response to COVID-19


Our Approach

Marginalised populations in sub-Saharan Africa are already being hit the hardest as a result of the lockdowns and other measures that have been introduced to prevent an escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic across the region. It’s feared that any major outbreak within the region, could potentially have devastating results, due to the limitations of the public health infrastructure and ICU bed capacity.

Our priority therefore is to support the vulnerable populations we serve throughout this crisis and in doing so, implementing emergency response mechanisms to help contain the spread of the virus amongst key populations, whilst ensuring we provide a continuity of healthcare services and access to treatments and medication for other communicable diseases and illnesses.

Mobile populations, including truck drivers make up a significant proportion of North Star’s beneficiary group, who in spite of the recently imposed travel restrictions, will be required to continue transporting essential goods such as food and medicines across Africa. With our clinic network located along sub-Saharan Africa’s main transport corridors, we therefore recognise the important role North Star will play in detecting cases and reducing the risk of the virus spreading between countries and across borders.

With the support of our partners we’ve significantly strengthened our response measures by ensuring frontline staff are sufficiently prepared with the necessary equipment, guidance and information. Whilst simultaneously ramping up awareness raising, through community based campaigns and existing outreach interventions, including the distribution of education materials, as we work in solidarity with the global community in an effort to flatten the curve and suppress the virus.

Mobilising our COVID-19 Emergency Response along the transport corridors of sub-Saharan Africa

With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, our target population was rendered even more vulnerable, with the weaker health systems in Africa and a high burden of infectious diseases. In recognition of this, North Star Alliance ramped up its emergency response and remains vigilant and responsive as we work with our partners to contain the further spread of the virus.

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Thanks to our partners & supporters

We are tremendously grateful to all our partners and the organisations supporting North Star Alliance in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and would like to say an enormous thank you for helping us safeguard the health of some of the most vulnerable communities, during this global health crisis.