French Embassy supported Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations during Covid-19 pandemic [fr]
French Embassy to Tanzania funded directly prevention and protection actions against Covid-19 to most vulnerable communities
In addition to the national plan, more than 200 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) were called by the government to design an action plan to tackle Covid-19 pandemic in the country. This action plan focuses on how to systematize the answer to give to the sanitary crisis in order to protect the most vulnerable populations together with Local Government Authorities (LGA). Four areas of intervention were identified:
Control and prevention;
Response service provision;
Impact assessment and mitigation;
Coordination and sustainability.
CSO noticed the lack of awareness about Covid-19 in the most vulnerable communities. Despite all information shared through conventional Medias (radios, televisions, newspapers …), they didn’t have or had a limited access to it. Due to this lack of information, they weren’t able to change their behavior (physical distance, frequent handwashing, how does the virus actually spread …) to protect themselves from the pandemic and stop the propagation of the pandemic. Local preventive solutions, such as soaps, sanitizer, or masks were limited and their access was difficult for marginalized populations.
It is in this framework that Swissaid, the implementing CSO of the agroecology project funded by the French Embassy, worked with CSO and local authorities in Lindi and Mtwara region, in the South of the country, to adapt its project to the sanitary crisis.
This emergency plan covered 50 000 people and was funded by the French Embassy to Tanzania. Some activities from this action plan have been implemented in the most vulnerable communities:
prevention posters dissemination,
sensitization on Covid-19 risks and symptoms through communautaries’ radios, especially broadcasted on Saturday so children can benefit from it,
masks and soap making workshop and distribution,
support of agricultural production and harvest sell,
This action plan also identified direct consequences from the actual sanitary crisis such as potential economical and food crisis. This is why, this action plan focuses also on lowering negative effects by fighting against job losses and maintaining economical activities and agriculture production.
Local CSO worked closely with community leaders to assure the sustainability of the project. These activities were conducted by national CSO, local government authorities and other partners on the field. It allowed to cover a lot of communities and to ensure that most of them get the same level of information to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Photo credits: Swissaid Tanzania