Upgrading infrastructure to contain COVID 19 cases
To reach the most vulnerable and address their immediate health and socio-economic needs.
The project is to upgrade and renovate Butangasi health centre the only nearest community health facility in Masaba Subcounty Busia district Eastern Uganda to take care of the most vulnerable i.e. children and women during the coronavirus emergency by establishing & constructing an Isolation centre, upgrading, renovating, equipping and furnishing the health facility to reach the most vulnerable by scaling up social protection measures and we are requesting financial support of $530,933 towards the budget.
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Specific objectives: • Ensure public health measures such as social distancing to reduce COVID-19 transmission. • To improve knowledge about COVID-19. • To fight stigma among corona virus survivors. • Ensure essential relief items reach the intended beneficiaries. Goal: To protect vulnerable children 5-19 years and women against the disease and address its immediate health and socio-economic impacts. Project description: Pearl Integrated Development Agency (PIDA)-Uganda in consultation with the Subcounty COVID 19 pandemic task team, community members, local council & religious leaders at various levels has been engaged in an interactive process to identify needs, interest, planning and development of programs for the community. The process of debating the consequences of COVID-19 and response measures has been ongoing and the community leaders have identified the need to upgrade, renovate and equip Butangasi health centre to a hospital status to be able to contain and manage COVID 19 cases as priority. PIDA-Uganda has designed a project to response to COVID-19 pandemic focusing on the following strategic priority areas: Public health response to reduce coronavirus transmission and mortality. Appropriate communication on effective hand washing and hygiene practices, physical distancing and other behavior changes that are critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19,building the capacities of key influencers – such as community groups, parents/caregivers, women and youth groups, health workers, organizations of people with disabilities, and community volunteers – to raise awareness and promote healthy practices,providing WASH services and supplies in health facilities and at-risk settings in communities by ensuring access to WASH services for households living in affected and high-risk areas,provide health care facilities with WASH services (e.g., training personnel) and supplies (e.g. such as gowns, gloves and masks and case management supplies such as oxygen concentrates and drugs),ensure that women and children can access essential health care services, including immunization, prenatal and postnatal care, and gender-based violence response care, build the capacities of health workers to detect and manage COVID-19. The grant amount will be used to recruit trained medical personnel, conduct refresher trainings, awareness arising using social media, lighting the facility, install solar panels, heating, refrigeration & sterilization equipment, install motorized solar water pumping boreholes to supply clean safe running water, establish and construct an Isolation centre with a reception, waiting room, consulting room, pharmacy, treatment room, store room, procure tents,furniture,beds,blankets,mattresses,jerrycans,sanitaizers,gloves,gowns,masks,mosquito-nets,laboratory supplies, medical ambulance & delivery van and security fence. We will have awareness arising to fight stigma for COVID 19 survivors and sensitization sessions on intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, violence in homes, family conflicts, civil unrest, child labor and child marriage. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to the impact of the COVID-19 response due to the additional care burden they bear for their families and the risk of sexual violence as they struggle to meet their daily needs in the context of lock downs and curfews. We will have corona virus emergency radio talk shows, DJ mentions and announcements to sensitize the masses. The health facility will offer a 24-hour services attending to between 80-200 cases daily offering counseling, psychosocial and spiritual support will open throughout the week.
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