We are inspired by the need to help solve the peculiar problem of Africa where we have many people who are vulnerable due to a lack of education and information.
What it does
We educate people in their local languages to take the necessary preventive measure as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the spread of COVID-19.
How we built it
We used a google form to signup volunteers. They then join dedicated Whatsapp and Telegram groups for orientation and capacity development. We have also gotten endorsements from local authorities to move around and carry out our intervention activities in the face of the ongoing lockdown.
Challenges we ran into
The ongoing lockdown makes it difficult to get essential production materials to producers, and essential supplies from the producers to the consumers.
Getting translations done in local languages to reach remote communities with sensitization and awareness.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
As a first step, all Volunteers take two online courses to build their capacity.
The courses are listed below:
Corona Virus - What you need to know link
COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response, by the World Health Organization link
We have been able to attract professionals from all works of life.
We currently have a World Health Organization collab space, for international coordination.
What we learned
We learnt that people are willing to share and care in this critical times.
What's next for COVID-19 Volunteer Force
To scale up our operations online and on the field, which includes:
- Using technology for last mile communication: educating the public and ensuring the right information reaches even remote locations.
- Support for the infected and the most vulnerable in society.
- Local production of essential medical supplies.
- Support for our food value chain, from producers to consumers.