In these uncertain times, one thing we know for sure is that the COVID-19 outbreak is going to take significant, collaborative effort to overcome and the after-effects are going to be with us for the foreseeable future. This unprecedented crisis calls on all of us to contribute where we can – and for Mobenzi, that’s empowering organisations with tools to collect and use data for good.

We have developed a COVID-19 Response Toolkit that we are making freely available to governments and individual organisations. In this post, I’ll share what we’ve launched the toolkit with, but we plan to add to and refine the toolkit over the coming weeks and months as we learn more about the needs of our communities and users. To find out how your organisation can get access to the toolkit, visit our COVID-19 portal.

Supporting organisations on the frontlines

For over a decade, our tools have been used by hundreds of organisations around the globe to empower frontline health workers to manage patient care in the most vulnerable communities. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ability to gather health data and coordinate field teams has never been more important. Our team is supporting organisations and government health agencies to use digital data collection tools to respond to the crisis.

Assessing the socio-economic impact of the outbreak

In parallel to curbing infection rates, governments and societies need to understand and mitigate the socio-economic impact of the disease. To this end, we are supporting several large-scale impact assessment and support surveys.

We have developed survey templates that can be rapidly customised to specific industry sectors and value chains. Reach out to us to get access to these if you represent a government agency, industry association or other stakeholder who needs to gain insight into affected groups.

We hope that these interventions will help significantly with forecasting and mapping – and then, of course, guide a meaningful, coordinated and effective response to re-energise affected economies.

Assisting organisations with business continuity

When activating the COVID-19 Response Toolkit, several templates become available to you including business continuity and workplace flexibility tools. These have been designed to help businesses stay in touch with their staff – with care and compassion – during work-from-home or potential lockdown scenarios. They can be customised and branded – and give businesses of all sizes a means of checking-in with their teams; supporting, encouraging and mobilising them so that they remain connected.

Fighting fake news and misinformation

Last but not least, we have developed a fake news reporting template to assist news agencies around the world to track – and address – the issue of fake news. Reach out to us to get access to this tool if you represent a media or government communications agency.