HI launches a campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Togo and protect the most vulnerable
Humanity & Inclusion’s teams in Togo are taking action to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. They aim to help the most vulnerable people understand the importance of taking basic precautionary measures, and to cope with their fear of the virus.
HI teams disseminate prevention messages to the Togolese population to prevent the spread of covid 19 | © HI
How does the Covid-19 virus pass from one person to another? How can you protect yourself? What’s the best way to help people with disabilities, who are often the most vulnerable to the virus? Humanity & Inclusion (HI) provides answers.
HI drives around the streets of the capital Lomé, in northern Togo, broadcasting prevention messages through loudspeakers mounted on the roof of their vehicles.
explains Irène Manterola, HI’s country manager in Togo.
Basic precautionary measures adapted to the most vulnerable
For many, the recommended precautionary measures are impossible to apply. What do you do if you use a wheelchair and need help washing or feeding yourself, for example?
Making hygiene accessible to all
The price of hygiene products in Togo has soared in recent weeks - including a seven-fold increase in the cost hydro-alcoholic gel. This makes it more difficult for people to take precautionary measures. HI’s teams have begun to make bleach and soap for hygiene kits so the poorest can continue accessing these essential items.
Radio programmes to reassure the population
The Covid-19 pandemic has generated a lot of fear in Togo. To help people manage this fear, HI’s teams have recorded a series of radio programmes.
explains Irène. Building on the success of these programmes, HI is now working with the country’s union of psychiatrists and psychologists to create a free counselling helpline anyone can call.