On behalf of the Sepalim Madagascar team, I address a special thanks to “ GlobalGiving “ for their Donation of $6,428 as a healthcare support for the Sepalim team to overcome the Covid19 pandemic crisis.
The GlobalGiving fund allowed the Sepalim team member to purchase raw materials to make about 300 pieces of facemasks. Each Sepalim worker as well as its family members got enough mask to wear every three hours.
In addition to the facemasks, we also purchased soaps, uniform and hand sanitizer.
This year 2021, Sepalim is continuing to use this fund to combat the outbreak of covid19. Some parts of the funds will be used to mitigate the medical care cost of the team as well as the team`s family (husband, wife and children).
Sepalim is still hoping to collaborate with Globale Giving for 2021.
Sepali Madagascar Director.
The first case of Covid 19 in Madagascar has been detected since March 20th, 2020. Therefore, three cases were confirmed in Antananarivo. During the same month, 57 persons tested positive. The outbreak remains active. The first death was recorded in May 16th, 2020 and there were 643 positive cases.
In March 2020, the lockdown was implemented in the Capital as well as many other towns. All international flights were suspended except for the Cargo flights.
In October 2020, the positive case went up to 17,111 and the death toll rose to 244. The first positive case in Maroantsetra (which is Sepalim Madagascar headquarter) was confirmed in October 2020. In November 2020, several workers of Sepalim Madagascar got flu but there was not any test available in place so no one can confirm if it was Covid19 or not.
Fortunately, in December 2020, all the team have recovered and able to finish the year of 2020 happily.
2- Current situation about Covid-19 in Madagascar:
The last updated of Madagascar`s Covid19 on February 22, 2021 has mentioned 19,831 Coronavirus positive Cases, 297 Deaths, and 19,296 Recovered. The problem is not solved yet and the outbreak of the new variants is threatening the population. Sepalim is reinforcing the prevention measures to avoid the risks of getting the virus.
3- Prevention measures taken by Sepalim team:
Sepalim team has taken three prevention measures: Social distancing, wearing facemasks and hand washing. The team had to split up into three small groups and work within 2 meters social distance. The team is sewing its own facemasks using the local materials purchased at the local market. Therefore, all the team`s family members also got enough facemask as well as some neighbors.
4- the healthcare strategies for 2021:
This year, the Sepalim Madagascar team is continuing to follow all the prevention measures recommended by the WHO. The economic effect of the Covid19 crisis has brought many families into bankruptcy.
The parents have trouble to pay the school fees. Due to the airline flight suspension, the tourist town such Maroantsetra cannot survive.
Many worker`s husbands have lost their jobs. So they are encouraging their wives to keep working hard with Sepalim in order to insure that the Sepalim program survives.
Due to those situations cited above, The Sepalim Director has decided to use the rest of the fund from 2020 to make a loan in order to support the health of the team and their families sustainabilty as well as relive the consequences of Covid19 crisis.
To do so, five workers will borrow 100 USD from the healthcare funds and will reimburse after three to six months.
1.5 m social distance
Money spent to date - remaining spent as needed