UAC COVID 19 INITIATIVE
Cameroon is under a partial lock down since March 17, 2020 due COVID 19 and the government has 50 persons, closure of business places from 6pm local time, hand washing, social distancing, wearing instituted 13 measures including closure of international borders, restriction of public gatherings of not more than of masks, over loading of vehicles among others as a way of reducing the spread of COVID 19. United Action for Children activities are predominantly in under resourced communities already suffering from the effects of the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon since 2016.
– Most homes do not have running water. In rural settings, children, youth, and women walk to distant sources of water two to four times a day.
- –Most rural homes do not have soap and water which makes it difficult to practice regular hand washing as a key prevention measure.
- – There is lack of information, protective gear, and basic necessities, such as medicine, food and water. —The government has imposed the wearing of masks for all commuters/people travelling but no accompanying measures.
- -Absence of adequate information on COVID 19 in most communities.-With schools closed, parents struggle to keep children engaged, as there are no reading materials in many homes in Cameroon and little access to television, internet, and smart phones.
Which actions are you implementing and/or planning to implement to support your beneficiaries? Please link every action to a key objective.
At United Action for Children, our COVID-19 emergency support effort is focused on:
- Making low-cost, reusable cloth face masks for distribution to vulnerable community members.
- Making liquid soap, and procuring hand sanitizer and bar soap for distribution at key community meeting points, such as traditional palaces, markets, health centers, and other strategic areas.
- Promote hand washing as a crucial preventive measure against COVID-19
- Distribution of critical health hygiene information, including brochures and posters to help address the misinformation that has spread in the communities about the virus.
- Development and dissemination of COVID-19 information materials.
- Develop reading materials for children
- Organize and carry out social media campaigns to promote social distancing and advocate for timely policies.
- Encourage strategies in communities and online to promote mental and physical health and resilience.
- Share important information about social distancing using social media, flyers, posters and other tools to spread awareness about the need for social distancing and implementing new procedures at water access points.
- Install hand washing stations in the communities and other highly solicited areas
- Guiding parents and caregivers on weekly household-based indigenous oral literature activities, including folk tales, riddles, proverbs, music, dance, and drama.
- UAC staff with protective gears move into or travel through small communities with megaphones or loudspeakers to raise awareness about hand washing and other relevant information on COVID 19