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Covid19 Rapid Response Campaign North West, Cameroon
In the Event of the COVID 19 crisis, which has plagued the world at large with Africa inclusive. There is a need to stay safe and well. Africa has a very weak health care system creating a high vulnerability gap. The COVID 19 virus is becoming a major problem within the African continent. Cameroon has not been left out. Cameroon has been ranked 5th in Africa as regards COVID 19 Cases with 2579 infected cases and 121 deaths as the number of cases increases daily. This virus keeps increasing exponentially in Cameroon. Northwest Bamenda (Mezam) with a total population of 1.5 million persons has not been left out. With the on-going crisis for 4 years now hampering the economy of this region and with the prevalence of the COVID 19 within the region, it’s needed we carry out a rapid response campaign. This project is aimed at producing 1000 bottles of hand sanitizers, Purchase of 500 hand washing locally designed buckets and purchase of 2500 face masks, which shall be distributed at strategic points within the locality. Key areas such as markets, shops, offices, bars, and taxis will be targeted. Production of hand sanitizers will involve the use of Alcohol, Glycerine, Extracted Natural Aloe Vera Gel and Essential Oils.
Further the project will carry out 2 caravan sensitizing people on the need for personal hygiene, social distancing, limiting, public gathering and the need to stay home. More emphasis will be laid on the various symptoms of the COVID 19 Virus and Toll Numbers to reach in case of suspects. We will also visit 3 major media houses wherein radio talks and chat shows will be done to effectively educate the population on this pandemic. Radio spots and giggles will be designed to be played at jamming programs so as to effectively reach out to the local people. Further the use social media platforms to reach to the community on the need to effectively combat this deathly disease.
Further from our field survey, more efforts have been focused in the center city. Within our community and other communities little or no efforts have been carried out prompting a high vulnerability gap. These communities pose a huge problem on limited access to information about the virus and how it should be contained to reduce spread and mortality rates. To bridge this gap we have already started a rapid response campaign with support from A seed of Change. See the link. https://www.aseedofchange.org/planting-the-seeds/2020/4/23/covid-19-rapid-response-campaign
Again, working in close collaboration with the People clinic Ngomgham, we will be also doing a door to door campaign to educate the local population who do not have access to information on the needs and importance of social distancing, personal hygiene, hand washing.
Lastly to ensure our project is effectively executed and evaluated, our impacts will be measure through Information sheets of how may persons where involved at the end of the project. Further, we will use videos, pictures, and success stories to project impacts. Results from our questionnaires will be able to portray if actually the project was a success and what is needed to be improved upon subsequently. More so Project evaluation will consist of two different evaluative strategies – formative and summative.
Formative Evaluation – Primarily qualitative in nature, the formative evaluation will be conducted through interviews and open-ended questionnaires in local community. The involved community members will be asked about the day-to-day operation of the project, and questions will be asked to provide feedback for the on-going improvement of project operations. The Project Evaluator will meet regularly with project staff to share findings from the formative evaluation effort. Periodic reports will be prepared that identify the major findings of the formative evaluation and how they have been used to improve Project operations.
Summative Evaluation – Primarily quantitative in nature, the summative evaluation will begin with the establishment of baseline data at the beginning of the project (number of youths/community members involved. This will be conducted at 3 month intervals. A yearly report will be issued that presents the formative and summative findings.
Overall objective of the project:
To prevent and contain the spread of Covid19 in the Northwest Region Bamenda (Mezam)
To prevent, educate and sensitize the population on the need to combat Covid 19 and respect the WHO Guidelines.
To purchase 2500 masks in the bid to prevent and contain the spread of the Covid 19
To train 20 youths, produce 1000 hand sanitizers and purchase of 500 hands washing locally designed buckets to be distributed to the local population to ensure personal hygiene.
Our project will target 800 elderly persons and 200 youths. 400 Women aged 45-70, 300 Men aged 45-70, 125 female and 75 male. 100 disables.
. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
Our Covid 19 response campaign is different from all other projects as it affects everyone without limitations. Our project will work with the ministry of public health, Bamenda City Mayor, Traditional Heads, Headquarters within targeted communities. Through focus group discussions with targeted community members, they shall allocate specific leaders who will serve as their lens to ensure the project is effectively executed. Priority will be given to the community members in collaboration with the team to effectively harness and develop their proposals and ensure it is executed. It worth noting this project is more of behaviour and mentality. The population are the only ones to set rules when merged with the guidelines of the WHO and the Cameroon Government the Virus spread will be prevented.
Our project works on the rationale that despite efforts by the government and other non-governmental organisations, more efforts towards combating the spread of the Virus have been focused in the centre city. It is worth noting, within our community and other communities little or no efforts have been carried out in the interior areas prompting a high vulnerability gap. These communities pose a huge problem on limited access to information about the virus and how it should be contained to reduce spread and mortality rates. It is a worst case scenario when the elderly are involved as they do not only have limited access to information but their mind-set towards the virus creates a vulnerability gap. It is with this we will focus with 800 elderly persons and 200 youths. 400 Women aged 45-70, 300 Men aged 45-70, 125 female and 75 male, 100 disable.
PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY AND MONITORING & EVALUATION PLAN
The knowledge and information imparted to the community alongside distribution of the mask, hand sanitizers and wash hand buckets is one that will be used to encourage them to promote personal hygiene, social distancing and respect of WHO guidelines.
This will let communities effectively prevent the spread of the virus and stay healthy. The skills provide to the youths will therefore prompt the production of hand sanitizers within their communities as they will get to train others. The system used during knowledge transfer involves institutionalization where trained individual youths are organized into groups and encouraged to manage their own operations. They establish formal leadership in their respective groups which is directly responsible for group’s running and linkages with other developmental networks and for information sharing on the need to combat the spread of the Virus. The groups’ members are subjected to all the skills relevant to all their undertakings to ensure the effective communication and transmission of information. Door to Door Campaigns, Flyers, radio and TV visits, caravan and social media outlets will be effective towards online and traditional sensitisation.
The project monitoring and evaluation be done through frequent field visit and technical reporting. Stakeholders meeting will be held quarterly to evaluate the process of the model and to advice on possible actions for improvement. During workshops participation will be evaluated through attendance sheets, success stories, feedback forms. Pictures and supporting videos will also support the evaluation process of the project. Further in terms of monitoring, Scrutiny on the development of the project is continuous.
The work by the field personnel is assessed on quarterly basis where they are supposed to report in writing progressively to the management, and discuss the progress in the staff business meetings held five times. The management on the other hand keeps records and presents them for auditing. Compiles progress and general reports, keep them safely and sends to the foundation. These reports are used for the evaluations.
The organization’s progress is monitored and reported by the respective personnel submitting reports on how well their respective objectives have been met to the management. The management compiles them for documentation and further reporting to the board and funding agency. Evaluations are conducted first by inwardly examining the extent of meeting the set objectives, what factors helped or prevented maximum output. During this, appointed community members from different areas will be visited to provoke discussions. The donor, depending on their choice, or a consultant appointed by them visit us and some parts of our coverage to get first-hand observation of the work we carry out with the support we get from them. This is usually done at their own convenience. Besides, external evaluation is conducted by an independent consultant. The consultant writes a report and recommendations which are used for developmental adjustments and more importantly to help the donor assess the organization’s extent of use of the grant in meeting the community’s needs
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We need support funds and technical expertise, towards achieving this goals. Overall objective of the project: To prevent and contain the spread of Covid19 in the Northwest Region Bamenda (Mezam) Specific objectives To prevent, educate and sensitize the population on the need to combat Covid 19 and respect the WHO Guidelines. To purchase 2500 masks in the bid to prevent and contain the spread of the Covid 19 To train 20 youths, produce 1000 hand sanitizers and purchase of 500 hands washing locally designed buckets to be distributed to the local population to ensure personal hygiene.
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