More than 100,000 refugees live in the refugee settlement of Nakivale in southwestern Uganda. Even before the Corona crisis, life here was already marked by major challenges such as poverty, malnutrition and a lack of health care. The health care systems are working to capacity and not only have low staffing levels, but also a great lack of medical equipment. Together with our partner organisation COVOID and Aktion Deutschland Hilft, we are therefore promoting the fight against COVID-19 with information campaigns and the distribution of hygiene packages.
In order to inform people about signs and symptoms of COVID-19, its distribution, prevention measures and response strategies, COVOID produces information materials in six languages. With the help of posters, T-shirts, radio spots or talk shows, people can be informed barrier-free and above all contactlessly about the virus and, above all, advice centres.
At the same time, hygiene packages with disinfectant, soap and face masks will be distributed and hand washing stations will be set up in public places so that people can protect themselves from infection.
COVOID works in close cooperation with the communities of the Nakivale refugee settlement in order to mobilise measures and contribute to decision-making. Mutual communication on the risks of COVID-19, on strategies and measures is important. Involving the communities creates a basic understanding of the needs, coping mechanisms, capacities and appropriate measures to be taken. Community engagement to promote hygiene and sanitation is a dynamic process that links the community and other stakeholders to give people affected by the crisis more control over the measures and their impact on them.
|Project||Preparation of communities for prevention and response to COVID-19 in Isingiro district of Uganda|
|Place/Region||Isingiro District, South West Uganda|
|Partner||Community Volunteer Initiative for Development (COVOID)|
Residents of the Nakivale refugee settlement
|Duration||March 2020- September 2020|
|Sponsor||Aktion Deutschland hilft, Donations|