MIET AFRICA, in partnership with Global Hope Mobilisation (GLOHOMO) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is implementing an intervention that will assist the SADC Member States in their preparedness, responses and prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MIET AFRICA will assist SADC at the regional level in the development and dissemination of a COVID- 19 communication and information strategy, that provides Member States with guidelines and tools for accurate and accessible messaging on COVID-19.
GLOHOMO will work with the Ministries of Health in Malawi and Zambia, specifically providing support at six borders and in 40 high-risk communities. At these selected sites the intervention will:
- Provide psychosocial support to front line workers responding to COVID-19
- Establish isolation rooms for COVID-19 confirmed cases
- 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
As active contributors to the fight against HIV&AIDS and the promotion of the sexual reproductive health and rights of young people in the region, the organisations 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. Hence HIV&AIDS, gender and climate change will be mainstreamed across all activities.