When COVID-19 struck Benin, it imperiled social and economic life as it had all over the world.
We battled two deadline diseases at once.
The virus also threatened an ambitious project to prevent malaria, a disease that caused 2,000 deaths in Benin in 2018 alone. Faced with a dual threat and overburdened healthcare system, the national government authorized CRS to proceed with the project.
We needed a contingency plan, fast.
We continued the process of digitizing the distribution of more than 8 million insecticide-treated bed nets for maximum efficiency. CRS quickly developed a contingency plan to include COVID-19 testing and treatment. We shifted from central pick-up points to door-to-door distribution to eliminate dangerous large gatherings.
Amid a pandemic, CRS reached 86 million people with malaria prevention.
Protecting healthcare workers as well as families.
We assisted healthcare workers with distancing and hygiene protocols so the distribution could be accomplished with minimal risk of spreading the corona virus. The result delivered enough nets to protect 13 million people across 25 municipalities in Benin. In all, CRS reached 86 million people in 12 countries with malaria prevention measures while adjusting to the worldwide pandemic.
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