PRESS STATEMENT 1 JANUARY 2020
Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO) requests funding for an emergency response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The aim of the proposed project is to enhance preparedness, responses and prevention of the pandemic in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region, but with a specific focus on Malawi, Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe and Zambia. GLOHOMO are active contributors to the fight against HIV&AIDS and the promotion of the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people in the region, and hence want to protect the gains achieved in fighting poverty and HIV&AIDS, and related challenges such as early and unintended pregnancy, child marriages and gender-based violence.
The proposal sets out the plans to be implemented by the organization to strengthen the response to the COVID 19 pandemic, in collaboration with SADC and the Ministries of Health and other relevant ministries in the proposed countries. The suggested framework is built on a combination of hard ware with soft skills that will specifically strengthen and support the COVID 19 responses. The organisation will contribute to the efforts of Ministry of Health in these SADC proposed countries.
The project has been designed to address the following challenges:
- Inaccurate information and weak communication
- Lack of capacity, equipment and facilities
- Trans-border movements
- Poor Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
- Poor Coordination at Regional and National level on Covid-19
- Economic Impacts which may arise due to Covid-19
Summary of Key Responses
The partners will respond to the aforementioned challenges as follows:
- At the regional level, assist SADC in the development and dissemination of a regional communication and information strategy, providing Member States with guidelines for accurate and accessible messaging on COVID 19:
- Provide psychosocial support to front line workers responding to COVID 19 in Malawi and Zambia;
- Conduct Research to inform intervention on Covi9 19
- Support Communication and Information on Covid-19
- Support Establish isolation rooms for COVID 19 confirmed cases
- Support response in the Internal Displaced Population
- Support the Vulnerable Populations such as women, people with disabilities, the poor and those living HIV/AIDS including key populations.
- Provide relief items to mitigate the impact of Covid-19
- Rehabilitate/repair water, sanitation and hygiene facilities at selected risk locations, such as entry and exit borders and community markets;
- Strengthen the fragile health systems to function, initiate, and support COVID 19 response measures.
- Train port health workers to conduct screening services at exit and entry of border posts HIV&AIDS, gender and climate change will be mainstreamed
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