COVID19 pandemic in Uganda has confirmed over 1000 cases with24 in Arua- West Nile. State of panic is a threat to community transmission. Government announced extreme lock-down measures which include; ban on public gatherings, transport and stay home to prevent the community transmission. Community awareness about virus transmission, signs and symptoms, preventive measures such as social distancing, hand washing with soap, disinfecting hands, surfaces, etc, are unknown in rural poor areas with limited networks. As lockdown begins to eased, there is a threat of second phase of the Pandemic unless communities are knowledgeable and observe preventive measures
The world faces a global health crisis due to the Corona virus pandemic which continues to spread. While all countries need to respond to COVID-19, those with existing humanitarian crises are particularly vulnerable, and less equipped and unable to strengthen community systems in a sustainable manner unless supported. Uganda has so far confirmed 900cases,24 of whom are admitted in Arua. Though over 900 cases have recovered, the pandemic has created panic and stigma with risk of community spreading as economic situation worsens especially among the poor communities in west Nile..
Communities along the boarders are at higher risk, we will train and empower village health team volunteers to conduct home visits with IEC material and sensitize families about the Corona virus transmission, signs and symptoms and preventive measures, establish hand washing facilities at every homestead, provide soap to the families in approximately 1000 homesteads. These VHTs will be supported with PPE, incentives to be able to ride on bicycles from home to home and make referrals to HCs
The preventive measures for the COVID-19 will be integrated into the community health structures for the iCCM(Integrated management of Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrhea and Malnutrition), hence the same funding for iCCM will be expected to continue the awareness and over time to prevent community transmission of COVID-19, hence reduction in morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19 at community level as members become informed and follow social distancing, keep clean by hand washing with soap and not touching the eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands.
The budget for this project is 50000 USD
|1||10||Print 20 IEC materials on COVID-19 for awareness|
|2||20||Print 20 IEC materials on COVID-19 for awareness|
|3||50||Will buy 1carton of soap and sponsor 2 VHTs to do sensitization for 1 day|
|4||100||Will sponsor 2 community sensitization sessions for 100 people with social distancing|
|5||200||will print 100 IEC materials and sponsor 2 community awareness sessions for 100 people with social distancing|
|6||500||Can train 25 VHTS on COVID-19 and preventive measures|
|7||1000||Procure 10 hand washing facilities, 10 cartons of soap, print 400 IEC materials and Support 10 VHTS,|
|8||3000||Can establish community information centre for COVID19 and equip with computer, printer, furniture and libray materials for public|