Understanding contact tracing

21 April 2020

Contact tracing happens in the very early stages of an epidemic response. It is a reactive and immediate activity that involves seeking out people who have had contact with a virus or so that we can test and monitor them for signs of illness.

Bhelekazi Mdlalose is a forensic nurse who has been working with MSF in Rustenburg responding to survivors and victims of sexual and gender-based violence. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, she joined other MSF fieldworkers to support the South African Department of Health with COVID-19 contact tracing.

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