Everywhere the most vulnerable are those suffering the most from the pandemic
By Dr Julie Garnier - Project Leader
Southern Africa has now been hit by a second, more severe wave of COVID-19, with the reinstating of tougher restriction measures limiting people’s movements and closing borders. This has again compromised access to income for many rural families, especially as this is the peak of the lean season. More than 4 million people face severe food insecurity in rural area and more than 1 million women and children require nutrition assistance.
A tougher lockdown also means that tourism activity at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is greatly reduced, with very little income to support Mahenye community. This is a time when food emergency aid is vital to assist the most vulnerable families, especially women-led households, while also preparing plans for the nutrition garden this year. This is One Health In Action to build resilience of the most vulnerable communities in the face of great uncertainty and to protect one of the most iconic elephant population of southern Africa.
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