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We are all vulnerable to this virus. This is a unique time for our communities all over the world as we work to combat this massive global threat. This blog aims to collect and share your stories and reflections that can help others to cope, thrive and build resilience…
Our communities are at different stages of response in different parts of the world. We can learn a lot from each other. Building on World Health Organization and other evidence-based guidance, this blog will gather and disseminate stories that inform, inspire and hopefully strengthen social connectiveness while we all practice physical distancing.
We invite you to contribute. At present we are looking for stories in the following areas:
May the force be with all of us.
Sabrina, Mike, Steve, Tuuli and Franklin for the Connecting Communities team
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CLANGERS Strategy for Isolation ( UK – Dr Phil 5 minute interview 25/3/20)
Here’s a 5 minute interview on how to survive self isolation. Do you daily CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give back, Eat well, Relax, Sleep). And have 5 Portions of Fun a day. You might even end up healthier than when you started lockdown.
Touching different objects in public (Global)
“Trolly handles are creating massive possibility to spread the virus through contact surface. If you are planning to use supermarket trollies, please have disposable cloves in your pocket. Alternatively antibacterial tissues with you. Surfaces such as paying machines, touchable screens in supermarkets and ATM are also increasing risk to contact Corona virus.
PREPARE! THINK! BE SMART”
First wash hands then empty your groceries bag. Wash your hands again.
Coronavirus in Ghana with hand shaking (from John Vianney Maakpe 20/3/20 in Communication Initiative Blog https://www.comminit.com/africa/content/drumbeatnet-communication-and-carona-required-strategies#comment-334173)
We are putting in some strategic measures to contain the situation to prevent community spread.
Handwashing has been emphasied as well as the use of liquid based hand sanitizers but the challenge is the shortage of hand saniters. The little that is there has had an increase in the price which is over 200%.
Jingles has been running on both TV and radio stations and in cars and other means of transport. SBCC materals has been distributed but our greatest challenge is the hand shaking during ceremonies such as funerals, birthdays, wedding and other social gathering. The education is ongoing using the print and electronic means.
I am in Accra to participate in a Trainers of Trainees workshop. As i was travelling in the bus, I saw more than 7 funeral celebrations as people were busy hugging and shaking hands. I was alarmed, how safe are they? My other take is about our moslem brothers who shake their hands during funerals especially the second day following the death of a brother or a sister. In churches, it has been announced that no more hand shaking. Congregations had been told to use hand sanitizers more often and as when they perform certain activities.
Nightly virtual choir opportunities (25/3/20 Boston, Mass, USA)
“ You are invited to sing with my neighborhood online every evening at 6pm. The songs are posted on the JPGreenhouse site: https://www.jpgh.org/6pm-street-sing.php often with a link to the words or YouTube.
To “attend” the singalong—which is fun and chaotic, (not perfectly synched the way our fabulous choir does in person), go to this link: https://zoom.us/j/3941197151 It’s the same every night, and hosted by Curt Newton of the JP Green House. He often does not log on until 6, so get on it a few minutes before, and wait for him! You’ll have to download Zoom on your computer and then learn how to use it….E.S. (cc’ed above) has offered to help folks get used to using Zoom. I have only been on this site 4-5 times. It’s like the Brady Bunch, with a series of squares with everyone in it. You have to press buttons at the bottom to be seen and heard, and the best part is, you can sing full force at home and decide if you want to be heard or just sing without the group hearing you. It’s wild, because all computers come back at different times. Kind of like our audience sing alongs, but stranger…if you’d like to suggest songs or see the list into the future, here’s the Google doc: https://bit.ly/3btgwSl
Faith group guidance principles of community support 23/3/20 from
Promoting the role of local radio ( Farm Radio Internbational 23/3/20)
“if you are like me, your radio has been on this morning, bringing you the latest information, sharing reliable advice and relevant stories, keeping us connected at a time of social distancing. Hopefully, your radio station has not been spreading myths and disinformation, but serving instead to expose and refute fake COVID-19 advice and news.
As true as this is for you and me, it is even more true for hundreds of millions of Africans who have few sources of reliable information. Sure, many have phones with WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, or Telegram … But these are “unmediated” (or, mediated by algorithms) information sources, and can spread false and dangerous ideas at lightning speed, as we have all seen. Radio broadcasts that are vetted, fact-checked, produced, and aired by real live journalists in the language of their listeners, are all the more important in this context.
Farm Radio International, with its trusted connections and regular contact with 1,000 radio stations across 41 countries in Africa serving 250 million listeners, is profoundly aware of the critical importance of clear, accurate, informative broadcasts about COVID-19. We also recognize the importance of broadcasters staying healthy! To this end, we are:
Help your body cope while working from home
“Get a keyboard and mouse: The worst posture issues will come from hunching over a laptop. Getting a keyboard and a mouse is the most important investment that people can do to immediately improve their work environment, experts have said. If you can still go into the office to get them, do it. Grab your office chair and a computer monitor on the way out too.
Make your own laptop stand: If you are working on a kitchen or dining room table, one of the most important things you can do is elevate your laptop so that the top of the monitor is at eye level. If you don’t have a keyboard and a mouse to rely on and still need to type, try angling a lever-arch file or a chopping board on top of a book to use as a ramp for your laptop. If you don’t have a table at all, make sure that you change the place that you work. Experts recommend standing up and working at a kitchen counter, or even using an ironing board at standing level (propped against the wall) to mix things up. Sitting on the floor and putting your laptop on a sofa or coffee table is also an option.
Move around every half an hour: It is more important than ever for you to move your body around every half an hour. Stretch your arms towards the sky and to the sides. Every hour, try laying with flat on the ground and your legs at a 90 degree angle to stretch the muscles in your back. Walk around while you’re on the phone if you can, and run up and down stairs if you have them.
Whatever you do, do not work on your sofa: Your sofa is the worst place for you to work for a prolonged period of time. Not only will your posture immediately worsen, the perception of comfort can stop you from moving around as much. If you have to work on a sofa, set a timer so that you remind yourself to get up and walk around regularly.” Natasha Bernal, Wired 23/3/20
Mime at Home – Peter Roberts 23/3/20
“On Thursday a Primary school teacher in Alava, Basque Country asked me for suggestions now that all the schools are closed down and people are confined at home.
I have prepared a website, initially for 6 to 10 year olds but open to all.
There everyday I will put in a new suggestion for exercises: warm ups, spontaneity and some simple mime techniques.
Everybody is welcome and apart from taking minds off the consternation of the moment we will better our imaginations.
The site is in 3 parts: Basque, Spanish and English” http://www.teatromimo.com/Planes/
Key UK government messages 25/3/20
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Stay at home
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19 (UK,25/3/20)
Call for gender-sensitive approaches (UK, 25/3/20)
#COVID19 is putting a disproportionate strain on women in all their diversity. I thus call for a gender-sensitive approach & the protection of rights in the areas of: – gender-based violence – economic uncertainty & precariousness – childcare & social services
Waitrose and partners supermarket 5-point hygiene measures 25/3/20 (UK)
Symptom Tracker will help map hot spots – a call for crowd sourcing science (UK 25/3/20) https://covid.joinzoe.com/
Communicating across breathing-tubes/ventilator support (23/3/20 USA)
When it’s hard to breathe, it can be hard to speak. In light of COVID-related respiratory illness, a vastly greater number of people will need breathing tubes or ventilator support, which takes away the ability to speak. Hospitals and healthcare workers need resources to support communication across growing barriers, in many alternative ways.
As a public service, the Patient-Provider Communication Forum, with support from the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC), is providing a FREE bank of communication tools for you to download and print, created in response to this COVID crisis.
Source: UN Human Rights Europe – News Release
UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies call for human rights approach in fighting COVID-19
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GENEVA (24 March 2020) – The Chairpersons of the 10 UN Treaty Bodies* on Tuesday urged global leaders to ensure that human rights are respected in government measures to tackle the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Only by including all people in COVID-19 strategies can the pandemic be combatted,” said Hilary Gbedemah, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and current head of the group that brings together the respective committee chairs.
The 10 experts called on States to adopt measures to protect the rights to life and health, and to ensure access to health care to all who need it, without discrimination. They urged governments to take extra care of those particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, including older people, people with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people deprived of their liberty, homeless people, and those living in poverty. They also stressed that women are at a disproportionately high risk because in many societies they are the main caregivers for sick family members.
“No one should be denied health care because of stigma, or because they belong to a group that might be marginalized,” said Gbedemah. “States need to provide targeted support – including financial, social and fiscal – to those particularly affected, such as those without health insurance or social security.”
Targeted support should also extend to other rights. In countries practising comprehensive restrictions on movement, governments should use all means available, including distance learning, to continue access to education, particularly for children and adolescents. Students with disabilities should also have equal access to the same education opportunities. States should also ensure provision of essential goods and services to the most vulnerable so that no one is left behind.
The Chairs warned that fear and uncertainty from this pandemic could lead to scapegoating and prejudice. “States must take active steps to ensure a sense of solidarity prevails, including through protection against racism and xenophobia or the growth of unbridled nationalism,” said Gbedemah.
A growing number of States have imposed strict controls that affect human rights, such as limitations on freedom of movement and restrictions on peaceful assemblies and privacy.
“These controls must be undertaken pursuant to a valid legal framework. In countries that declare a state of emergency, such a declaration must be exceptional and temporary, strictly necessary and justified due to a threat to the life of the nation,” Gbedemah said.
“A state of emergency, or any other security measures, should be guided by human rights principles and should not, in any circumstances, be an excuse to quash dissent,” she added.
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RELATED TO HUMAN RIGHTS and COVID19:
“France is planning a total restriction of citizens movements, as a result to contain Covid19. What you can do to help is: to keep the 2 meters distance with all the others, who are not part of the same household. By doing this, not only will you protect yourself and others from getting infected. You are also helping to keep your freedom to get out from your house. Unless you are already infected. Human rights and free open society were already in crisis, before the COVID19 pandemic. We as a citizens who believe in the free world, don’t want to make the situation worse.”
Coronavirus news: France likely to extend lockdown; Norway plans UN Covid-19 fund for poorer countries – live updates
Narrowing Civic Space and Corona virus
Surveillance – Freedom and Democracy (Global)
“Each individual can help to stop possible misuse of power of the governments. (Tapping telephones, excessive surveillance, oppressing freedom of speech.) –
Don’t give them an EXCUSE to apply these extreme measures in your country.“
1) Respect the social distancing rules, 2 meters, with not a member of the same household, in public places
2) Stay home and comply with regulations which are placed to stop the Corona virus outbreak.
3) Shop alone. People in isolation are consuming less calories, than in normal circumstances. We need less than during more active life.
4) While in isolation, you can still express your opinion online and exercise your rights for free speech. Don’t let isolation to silence you.
5) Exercise and do sports alone in public parks if they are still open.
#HumanRights #COVID19 #OpenCivicSpace
Tweets and articles related to #HumanRights
Today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.
It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives – the #COVID19pandemic.https://t.co/F6JRA6ekvZ pic.twitter.com/7WgtFMk5GC
March 23, 2020