Response to COVID-19 activities in Niger

22 Sep 2020
The period of April-June was heavily characterized by the restrictions imposed over the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The restrictions resulted in the suspension of project activities after the launch and with the first recorded cases of contamination, a state of emergency was decreed over the whole of Niger including isolation of Niamey and restrictive measures such as the closure of schools, prohibition of assembly, social distancing etc.) that systematically prevented most activities.  There was a normalisation period at the end of May. It was only in June 2020 that the schools were re-opened, some restrictions were lifted and activities on the ground could resume. Here are some examples of what some of the organizations have been doing.

ADRA

In response to the primary and secondary effects of Covid-19, 5% of the budget was reallocated to support the Ministry of Education and the National Federation of Disabled People (FNPH). 66 handwashing devices and 10,000 bibs were distributed to the 12 target schools to meet the needs of 3,769 students, including 1,838 boys and 1,931 girls, of these 86 disabled children (32 girls and 54 boys). 162 handwashing devices were allocated to 162 households with children with disabilities. This activity was carried out in collaboration with a Disabled Persons’ Organisation (DPO) that is present in the project intervention area.

Plan

Plan also organised awareness raising on protection against both the primary and secondary effects of Covid-19. The aim was to support families with children with disabilities as caregivers, strengthening the protection of their children, as well as their right to education, including the importance of continued education throughout the period of school closures and supporting their children in returning to school upon reopening. The awareness sessions were conducted as schools partly began to reopen, and thus prepared the grounds for a safe return to school. These sessions were led by the Mediator of the Republic who is one of the leaders of state institutions, in the project intervention area. The awareness-raising activities reached 1,393 students, including 801 girls and 592 boys, of these 73 students with disabilities (29 girls and 44 boys) and 54 teachers (46 women and 8 men).

Strømme Foundation

Prevention against the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular information campaigns, awareness campaigns for the respect of the preventive measures enacted by the government, as well as demonstration campaign concerning measures (hand washing and others) were conducted among communities by the speed school animators   As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, 5% of the TOFI budget has been allocated to equip the speed school centres and the host schools  with Covid-19 prevention kits in all the intervention villages.  In addition to the 20 SS1 centres, 20 host schools received Covid-19 pandemic prevention kits consisting of 20 metal handwashing kits for the centres, 20 plastic handwashing kits for the host schools, 40 boxes of Lavibel soap, 40 cans of hydroalcoholic gel, 40 cans of bleach, 40 cans of disinfectant, 2.164 washable toilets. In the 20 SS1 centres, 291 boys and 230 girls, (total of 521 learners) have benefited from the mentioned Covid-19 prevention kits.

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