QRCS backs coronavirus control efforts in 6 nations

May 10, 2021

Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has recently made remarkable progress on its project to support coronavirus control efforts in 22 countries.

At a total cost of $233,670, many activities were done to reduce the spread of the pandemic in Ethiopia, El Salvador, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu, and Mauritania.

In Ethiopia, multi-sector aid was delivered in Gambella and Oromia Regions. The activities included training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns to vulnerable communities, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for volunteers and community to reduce the virus dissemination, launching community awareness campaigns about COVID-19 causes, symptoms, and how to prevent it and training health professionals at isolation centers and providing them with hygiene and nonmedical kits.

In El Salvador, 396 PPE kits were distributed to the doctors and prehospital care personnel at the Emergency Clinic, Blood Center, and Volunteers Directorate. Hygiene kits and food parcels were distributed to 425 affected persons and 100 families (400 persons), respectively.

In Senegal, QRCS worked with the Senegalese Red Cross Society to bridge the gap in the Ministry of Health and community efforts to combat COVID-19, through advocacy, sensitization, and monitoring for the populations of Dakar, Thiès, Diourbel, Kaolack, Ziguinchor, and Tambacounda.

In the Bombali and Koinadugu Districts of Sierra Leone, the volunteers of Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) distributed information, education, and communication (IEC) materials and IPC materials (hand sanitizers, liquid soap, and household hand washing buckets).

Southward to Vanuatu, preventive and informative sessions were held by Vanuatu Red Cross Society for 699 school students, teachers, and other society members.

In Mauritania, 800 food parcels and hygiene kits were distributed to 800 vulnerable and outbreak-affected families, or 4,800 persons, in the departments of Rosso, Akjoujt, and Nouakchott. Each parcel would last for one month and contained 48.5 kg of rice, sugar, vegetable oil, soap, and hand sanitisers.

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