From Nancy Reynolds, Chairperson for Health Builders' Board of Directors:
On July 17, 2021, Rwanda entered another full lockdown in many parts of the country. This is in response to a serious surge in COVID-19 cases and increasing deaths. The country is struggling to contain this situation as it appears to be the highly contagious Delta variant driving this, and all measures are being taken to try and mitigate the effects. As part of the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, Health Builders is playing an important role in mitigating the impact on rural communities.
In response to the Health Builders' newsletter that was sent out on 9 July about this current surge, the lack of vaccines, and the critical need for equipment, Health Builders received notification from committed supporters that were here to help. Partners the Gould Family Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, and DAK Foundation are providing an emergency supply of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators as well as emergency PPE supplies for the health facilities and district hospitals in the districts we support.
Our team on the ground has been unwavering in their efforts to combat the devastating effect of this pandemic. They have worked tirelessly on the frontlines to support the efforts of the Ministry of Health, the nurses and community health workers, and to source and organize equipment and supplies. On behalf of the Health Builders Board of Directors, we appreciate the support of donors across the globe who regularly acknowledge and invest in the incredible work the team in Rwanda is doing under the most difficult circumstances.