“Greetings from Africa and Europe. I hope you are well and in good health. In the past few weeks we (Do it in Boldness Foundation) have been working and supporting marginalized communities in partnership with other local organizations like Red Cross Kenya in providing food,soap,sanitizers, Face masks and sanitary towels. On this background to the larger population affected by this virus, is my humble request if your can support us in the fight against this pandemic in Nairobi slums through the implementation of this concept.
In wake of COVID-19 pandemic and increasing daily number of positive cases in Nairobi slums, we have created a Rapid response plan, how to evacuate and care for people who have tested positive for coronavirus, using existing settings and mobile setting to execute the plan rapidly, without having a big financial burden in saving lives.
As INSPIRIT® Creatives UG NGO we are cooperating this project with the Do It With Boldness Foundation. They serve as a local contact point to implement the action in Kenya.
Our special focus is in slums and rural communities and villages. Our solution can be used to isolate corona virus infected people to self-isolation facilities, where healthcare and food delivery can be established easily. These facilities can also be used to help victims of domestic violence, possibly by establishing separate homes or make shift villages, separated from COVID-19, infected people.
We are eager to get this started as soon as possible. The proposal includes a proposal to design and distribute informative posters that reach people who are illiterate, made as info-graphics, how to use masks, social distancing, hand hygiene and other preventative measures. Including a proposal to get the WHO, official COVID-19 communication to be translated to Swahili and other locally spoken languages, to make the material accessible to everyone.
Should they need help in designing and producing these materials we can offer that assistance to them.Kindly find the concept attached for your perusal.Please feel free to reach out to us for questions or more information.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.”
Tuuli and David
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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Hello to everyone, I’m an Italian Red Cross volunteer, I do ambulance service. The Covid-19 emergency has changed our way to work and has shown us something never seen before. This change has affected us in two different ways: a practical one and an emotional one.
On one hand, the intervention protocols are different now. We wear suits or medical gowns, masks and goggles all the time and we must keep distance from the patient whenever is possible. The ambulance is covered with plastic bags inside, in order to prevent the materials contamination. At the end of each intervention, we must sanitize the ambulance and every object we have touched and follow strict rules to take the suit or the medical gown off. I assure you that It took me some time to get used to all this. In fact, we have been given a lesson to learn the dressing and undressing protocols and we are sent the guidelines on the interventions continuously updated. We also had the opportunity to participate in several online meetings with the Red Cross health director to be updated and to ask questions in case of doubts. The sanitization of the vehicle and the undressing always takes place at a specific location and we are helped by the crews of 118. I can tell you that wearing that suit for several hours is really uncomfortable: you start to sweat, the mask causes marks on the skin and tarnishes.
On the other hand, we must deal with the emotional aspect. Human relationships have changed and especially the approach with the patient. When people are afraid or suffer, they find comfort in seeing you and your uniform, but none of that is possible now that I’m wearing a suit and a mask all the time. I try to make them comfortable introducing myself, talking calmly to them and guiding them step by step. I must admit that the first time I’ve transported two Covid-19 patients, I wasn’t relaxed. You don’t feel completely safe despite all the precautions you have taken. With the time It becomes easier, but you’re still worried about getting infected and bringing the virus home.
We began serving with two rescuers instead of three as usual so as not to risk contagion among several people and we faced the shortage of people available to cover the shifts because they could not or did not feel like doing so. But the really important thing remains the relationship that there is between us colleagues who help and support each other always and despite everything, we still manage to laugh and do a service in serenity.