For 40 years, AKFC’s programs overseas have contributed to a wide range of activities to reduce poverty and build the foundations of resilient communities. This work includes a substantial portfolio of programs which aim to strengthen healthcare systems at the local and regional levels, in Africa and Asia.
Our activities continue during the current COVID-19 crisis. Our programs have adapted to respond to the evolving needs facing each community where we work. This includes activities to prevent the spread of the virus and provide care for patients (especially the severely and critically ill), as well as education programming to ensure students can continue to learn remotely. Our approach also aims to minimize the pandemic’s effects on communities more broadly, with supports for the vulnerable, social services, and economic activity.
As part of this response, we are mindful of how the pandemic affects different populations in different ways, particularly women and girls. Our programs are taking a nuanced approach to addressing gender and other social barriers, so that everyone can get the support they need.