TAMALE ZONE – NORTHERN REGION
Our Tamale team of volunteers embarked on COVID-19 awareness project within the Tamale Metropolis. The exercise took place on the 4th of April,2020. The team also partnered volunteers from other local organizations in the one-day event.
The first phase of the SELL GHANA COVID-19 awareness project sought to create awareness on the pandemic in our communities as well as taking action by providing extra hand washing stands at strategic points in the highly populated areas (e.g. markets, lorry stations etc.). With Tamale as the pilot phase.
A team of 20 young adults from the SHARING EDUCATION AND LEARNING FOR LIFE PROGRAMME GHANA and some youth from Make a Difference Ghana, Yumzaa Foundation and Zak Fashion Center embarked on holding placards reemphasizing the protocols advised by World Health Organisation, Ministry of Health and Health Professionals. Volunteers were all given free nose masks and hand gloves for their protection. The nose masks were locally produced with the traditional fabric.
Program started at 7:30am and placards were held by volunteers at traffic lights and junctions with high human population. This was to expose the placard information to more people as the passed by and went about get their groceries in the market.
The program also had Sagani TV, Northern Television, Harmattangh, TamaleOnline.net and Campus360 as media partners. Reports on the event was shared via their various media platforms (Check appendix)
The following targets were reached;
- Community attention and awareness on COVID-19
- Extra hand washing stands in the market and bus stations.
APPENDIX - Media coverage
https://web.facebook.com/saganitv/videos/243896790138823/ (Local TV evening News; April 06, 2020)
https://web.facebook.com/ntvghanaone/ (Local TV evening news; April 06,2020)
https://www.harmattangh.com/ (Ghanaian online news portal)
(Youth based News portal)
NAVRONGO/BOLGATANGA – UPPER EAST ZONE
Following the success of the COVID-19 WOS Awareness in Tamale, our team of volunteers in the Navrongo/Bolgatanga Zone on the 12th of April, 2020, organized awareness raising in Navrongo. SELL provided the youth with placards, hand washing barrels known as veronica buckets, gloves, tissues, liquid soap, disinfectant, and others for the exercise. A total of 32 young adults took part in the exercise. The group comprised of SELL Volunteers, Youth from Navrongo Basilica and Sound Mind. The volunteers worked in pairs, stood at vantage points in the town with their placard. The placards carried pertinent information about the COVID-19 Pandemic and the preventive protocols given by WHO. The Veronica buckets were placed at strategic locations for hand washing purpose (see veronica bucket in photos). Health Workers among the volunteers stood at different points in the market and demonstrated how to wash hands properly and asking one after the other a few women to try washing their hands with the running water from the veronica buckets. The awareness raising went on for an hour and a half.
A media house in Navrongo also provided the volunteers with a public address system to help raise the awareness whiles keeping the social distance required. This helped the team to explain more in Kassem which is the local dialect of the people of Navrongo and its environs. Some passers-by who read the inscriptions stopped to ask questions which all were addressed. After an hour and half the Street Exercise was ended and the volunteers had some time with the media answering question and raising awareness which were captured for their reportage.
The SELL Programme, Ghana COVID-19 Street Awareness Campaign was successful and we hope our follow up awareness raising in these areas will reinforce the preventive measures and people in the communities will adhere to it.
Our next communities are the Upper West/Wa Zone and Garu, another Community in the Upper East/Navrongo-Bolga Zone.
Let’s Continue to keep safe. We are in this together.
Keep Safe, Save a Live.
Sending you love, light and positive vibes wherever you are.