How Senegal stretched its health care system to stop Covid-19

Senegal limited COVID-19 cases in the pandemic’s first year using an existing infrastructure built from dealing with Ebola outbreaks. Coordinated emergency response teams quickly expanded testing capacity across the country and positive cases were required to quarantine in hotels or health centers, where Red Cross volunteers staffed the beds, rather than at home. Village health workers, who were trusted community members, educated people on how to respond to the virus, helped reduce the stigma of the virus, and urged people to follow the strict social distancing, masking, and quarantining rules.

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