In Somalia, we’re looking at adapting our health and nutrition infrastructures, promoting handwashing and hygiene and training our staff on both early detection and prevention pathways. We will also begin cash transfers in April.
In Ethiopia, we have reviewed and adjusted all activities to avoid large gatherings, while also maintaining important food distribution and services to our outpatient therapeutic programmes. We are working to distribute soap and protective equipment for health staff, as well as setting up hand-washing stations. Finally, we are looking at measures that include emergency unrestricted cash assistance and phone counselling.
In South Sudan the importance of social distancing is being emphasised throughout our programme areas and amongst our staff. Our programmes are ensuring that the number of people attending clinics / training / food distributions at any one time are kept to a minimum and our teams use every opportunity to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. We are concentrating on ensuring that hand-washing facilities are available in key locations together with soap and posters to ensure people fully understand the importance of handwashing at key moments. We work with government health workers to ensure they are trained in key messages on COVID-19 prevention and in rapid response to alerts of COVID-19 in rural locations.
In Kenya, we are working to provide cash assistance to urban households to cushion them against the economic impact of a COVID-19 shutdown, while we have proposed to work with a number of other agencies to promote awareness of social distancing and preparedness for an emergency situation. We are also working with the government and providing technical support through working groups and coordination meetings.