Philippines: Local health workers champion COVID-19 safety on remote islands

Philippines: Local health workers champion COVID-19 safety on remote islands

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People on a remote island in the Philippines have enhanced their defences against COVID-19, with the help of a civil society organization, local government units, local health care workers and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, it was hard for the 3000 residents of Manicani Island in Eastern Samar province to separate sound advice on COVID-19 vaccinations from misinformation. Even if they wanted to be vaccinated, they faced the cost and hassle of a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest vaccination centre. Not surprisingly, vaccine uptake was low.

To better understand these barriers and how to overcome them, WHO partnered with People in Need (PIN) Philippines, a non-profit organization that works with the most marginalized people to provide humanitarian and development assistance.

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