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COVID 19 GBV RESPONSE SERVICES HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE WATER AND SANITATION

CONVID 19 emergency response for Cameroon

PROJECT SUMMARY
The humanitarian needs in NWSW will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. H4BF has been working within Host communities in Cameroon since early 2017 in Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and educational sector. At this critical moment, H4BF has started collaboration with the international and local authorities and now making efforts to raise funds for effective preventive work against the spread of Covid-19 within host communities in Cameroon. In December 2019 and has spread all over the world. The first case in Cameroon reported on 6 March 2020. The number of cases has increased steadily and is at 533 confirmed cases as of 4th April 4, 2020.

CHALLENGE
The humanitarian needs in NWSW will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and has spread all over the world. The first case in Cameroon reported on 6 March 2020. The number of cases has increased steadily and is at 75 confirmed cases as of 26 March 2020. With this outbreak, the existing gender inequalities and vulnerabilities and risks of abuse may increase; women and girls may be at higher risk of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence due to heightened tensions in the household and confinement. Other vulnerable people in this situation include elderly people, people with disabilities and children who may not have the appropriate care and access to services. Women and girls access to lifesaving SRH and GBV information and services might be considerably impacted due to insufficient capacities and resources of the government and partners to address both the needs for COVID-19 response as well as emergency SRH and GBV services in conflict-affected areas.


SOLUTION
This project contributes in the efforts of the government’s efforts in taking preventive measures at the household and community levels within Host communities in Cameroon against the spread of Corona virus (Covid-19). Awareness sessions will be conducted though community radios in local languages (hand battery/solar radios will be distributed to displaced female headed families to keep them updated on latest Convid 19 information), there will be distribution of hygiene kits that will include: N95 mask, sanitizers, alcohol-based soap, antimicrobial wet wipes sufficient for 1 displaced female headed family of 5 members, there will be training and psycho-social support to health workers. Awareness sessions will include COVID-19 symptoms, how COVID-19 is transmitted, preventive measures, what to do if a family member displays symptoms, how to wash hands properly, etc. Food items (rice, beans, oil etc.) will be distributed to host families and displaced families to enable them survive quarantine period.

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LONG-TERM IMPACT
Having these additional resources will significantly increase our ability to preserve the lives of the elderly and keep them healthy. The children, who are the future, will learn long-lasting skills to keep themselves and their community safe and healthy, in addition to ensuring that by receiving appropriate academic and leisure activities, they will succeed instead of being left behind.

Use of Proceeds

$10 will provide a radio to a female headed family
$25 will provide food items to a family
$30 provide complete wash skit to a family (tap bucket, N95 mask, sanitizers, alcohol-based soap)
$50 will produce a radio program in one local language
$100 will produce and print out 30 street posters for awareness

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