This project is the first phase of a project titled “Inclusive Rural Community Preparedness in community Infection Control and Prevention”. It took place on the 25th of July, 2020 at Rural Doctors Head office in Bunduma, Buea. Twelve(12) field trainers/volunteers successfully underwent the 13 modules training on community based Infection Prevention and Control Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.
The socio-political crisis in the English speaking part of Cameroon has led to internal displacement of more than 400, 000 persons; and untold suffering and poverty (UNHRC, 2019). The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has met war-torn unprepared communities. It is a huge threat considering, that they face serious challenges observing preventive measures and are misguided by false information and myths. This project therefore meets a dire need of empowering rural communities affected by socio-political crisis to effectively prevent COVID-19. The project will involve the training of field volunteers on Community Infection Prevention and Control; effective training of Community Health Workers (CHW) in war-torn rural communities by trained field volunteers on inclusive community approach to COVID-19 prevention and inclusive awareness home visits and creation of public hand washing points by Community Health Workers in their respective communities.
At least 1,080 CHW will be trained in 108 villages affected by the crisis with direct impact of at least 54, 000 homes sensitized. This project will therefore have a positive impact on at least 270,000 persons directly within 1 to 2 years time frame.
This program is highly dependent on funding which is currently low.