COVID-19 is an unexpected global health and humanitarian challenge. As it advances, its devastating effects become ever-more pronounced. In Congo-Kinshasa, the public health crisis is aggravated by the social and economic aftermath: job losses, school closures, increased poverty.These effects are largely borne by vulnerable populations. Unchecked, the pandemic could erode hard-earned development gains and threaten social stability.
Congo-Kinshasa acounts about 100.000.000 people, but only 56167 (1%) have completed vaccination against COVID-19 as per November 29, 2021. While the country's testing capacity is very low and the true number and spread of cases is greater than the 54009 known cases, the new variant discovered in South Africa (OMICRON) has added presure on local communities. Poor family's access to food and income has been reduced and the prices of imported goods have increased of 150%.
As a trusted partner, AgroMwinda is standing with our partners, including the private sector, government, educational institutions, community organizations, women and young people to withstand and respond to the short-term impacts of this pandemic, while strengthening their resilience in the long-run. This project provides vulnerable households with free COVID-19 information and hygiene and vaccine awareness services as well as financial inclusion services and food production support.
We believe that providing teachers and community leaders with information on COVID-19 and schools with hygiene awareness services will allow them to rise the community of out of risks of contagion, and this will granty health and well-being for their students and families. Also, we believe that providing poor families with financial support to reinforce local food production and microbusiness protection will enable the community recover from the trauma of COVID-19 crisis and rise out of poverty.