Building community resilience to COVID-19
Intervening in a time of crisis
COVID-19 arrived in Africa in late February 2020, and its effects have been felt throughout the continent
For Africa Foundation (AF), this crisis necessitated a new set of priorities to build the resilience of the vulnerable rural communities neighbouring our lodges, and the AF COVID-19 Campaign was created comprising six areas of focus: clinic support, water access, food assistance, business support, school PPE and classrooms. Many of these are short to medium term initiatives outside Africa Foundation’s standard focus, in which case they are working with other stakeholders and existing food banks.
USD 511 934 raised towards COVID-19 projects
Food parcels dispensed in Southern Africa.
Rural clinics in all regions assisted.
Schools or pre-schools supported.
Bore-holes repaired or drilled.
Zanzibar villagers benefit from new clinic.
Hippo water rollers funded.
Veggie garden starter packs.
Kenyans receive food support.
What we are doing to help and why
Water and Sanitiser
319 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to hygienic water and those in rural areas suffer the most. People affected by water scarcity also tend to be vulnerable in other ways e.e. they may be poor, have poor nutrition or suffer from life-threatening communicable diseases.
How does one apply COVID-recommended preventative measures without water?
Our regional teams are perfectly positioned to recognise critical needs and ways in which we can provide immediate assistance. Interventions include borehole repair and installation, distribution of hippo rollers and supply of bulk sanitiser and surface cleaners.
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Slowing down infection rates of COVID-19 to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system is one thing but in many rural African communities, healthcare facilities are already woefully under-resourced lacking essentials such as water, equipment and medical supplies and with just the merest expertise to deal with the least complicated of ailments.
How do we meet the crisis of clinic readiness head-on when a crisis already exists?
Our work is done in complete partnership with relevant Government departments who staff and resource these facilities. In these unprecedented times, our close relationships with these departments means that we pull together to do what is required for the benefit of the communities that we serve.
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Household Food Insecurity
The ability of a household to secure adequate food to meet the dietary needs of all its members is challenging at the best of times in rural Africa. With schools and businesses closed during lock-down, children miss out on their daily school-catered meals and adults are constrained by work lay-offs and food prices in their ability to purchase food
How do we provide relief to families under such trying conditions?
People need to know that there is support available to keep them above water. Initiatives such as food parcels are outside of Africa Foundation’s ‘normal’ activities but we are in unprecedented times and are agile enough to respond to that in the short term to build resilience to COVID-19 and its medium to long term repercussions.
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South African Government’s COVID-19 portal
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