Phases I & II of this COVID-19 prevention program came to a close as of late June; 5400+ individuals had been infected by the virus, with nearly 100 deaths. Health experts estimate that the real numbers may be ten times the reported amounts, given lack of testing, outdated methods of tracking cases, impracticability of lockdown for the majority of the population, and the unjustified stigmatization attached with the infection.
Despite the lockdown, Lambi Fund had continued its work in the field because it is vital to the survival of many Haitians. Rural Haiti has been impacted directly through the influx of family members who returned to the countryside from the city to take shelter. While that was happening, we conducted the prevention and preparedness campaign in support of our rural partners, their families and the communities they live in. Here are a few of the activities that were accomplished:
60 organizations participated in the education portion of the program and received disease prevention materials needed during the onset of the crisis.
More than 150,000 people were sensitized to simple steps to avoid catching COVID-19.
3000 members of 60 partner organizations obtained hand washing materials such as masks, bleach, and soap.
3,000 members of 35 partner organizations received a grant to purchase first necessity products.
Awareness messages were broadcasted on community radio stations where our partner organizations are located.
Text messages were sent to Organization members who have smartphones in an effort to make them aware of the precautions to be taken so that the disease does not attack them.
The regional monitors and partner organization officials assisted the organizations in identifying the radio stations that had COVID-19 programs and when they would be broadcasted.
Organization members and others in the community are able to implement more easily all the measures they need to take to protect themselves and to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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