Red Cross raises N$8.8m for Covid-19

03 June 2020 | Local News

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The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has so far raised a total of N$8 815 805 for its N$31 million national response plan to the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan aims to reduce and contain the spread of secondary transmissions of the virus in 10 regions of the country, namely Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi. During the launch of the response plan last Friday in Windhoek, NRCS secretary-general Bernadette Bock said the organisation started rolling out the plan's activities in April, with a focus on promoting effective community engagement.

This includes risk communication and hygiene promotion, aimed at influencing adherence and behavioural change.



Mass communication

“Components of psychosocial support, stigma reduction and possible violence prevention are also included in our material and approaches.

“The vehicles we use to deliver the support include mass communication, as well as trained volunteers in all targeted regions,” Bock said.

She added the organisation is conducting community awareness and engagement on the coronavirus, which is supported by the distribution of hand sanitisers, disinfectants, masks and gloves.

About 25 763 individuals have benefited so far.



Tippy taps

“Our trained volunteers also show households how to construct tippy taps in order to wash their hands regularly, while we will be posting handwash facilities at identified public spaces, also towards basic hygiene management,” she said.

As part of the support, Bock said the NRCS distributed 1 000 water storage facilities, while 800 tippy taps have been constructed so far.

As the impact of the pandemic is also being felt on an economic level due to the loss of employment, more and more families are having less to eat, and based on this, the NRCS has expanded its response plan to include food or livelihood support, she added.

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