Mobile Vans Reconnect Vulnerable Communities to Covid-19 Response
While regular messages on standard operating procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown were being transmitted via mainstream media such as television and radio, as well as on social media, communities in remote areas with poor transmission signals were largely in the dark about developments.
While regular messages on standard operating procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown were being transmitted via mainstream media such as television and radio, as well as on social media, communities in remote areas with poor transmission signals were largely in the dark about developments. They were therefore at a high risk of succumbing to the dreaded coronavirus.
The CEA partners therefore mobilized local leaders from the sub counties and districts in Abim and Soroti to conduct regular public addresses through mobile caravans within the communities. Through the mobile vehicles, the leaders were able to disseminate information on the changing standard operating procedures for each region of the country, distribute fliers with translated educational messages on what COVID-19 is, when and how to wear a mask and how to practice social distancing, among other key messages. They were also able to inform communities where and how to access quality farming inputs within their area codes, proper farming and post harvest practices, as well as the leadership channels available to them in case of any farming and health related issues, within their community.
As a result, the communities were able to learn how to stay safe during the lockdown, and a wider audience than the regular number of farmers reached during organized trainings were reached with key information on weather patterns, as well as good planting and harvesting processes.
The Civic Engagement Alliance is a joint collaboration between Dutch and southern Civil Society Organizations that advocates for smallholder farmers to access quality and nutritious food, as well as markets. During the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in Uganda, implementing partners were at the forefront of innovations to sustain programmatic gains for smallholder farmers in Karamoja, Lango and Teso sub regions. The program is implemented by Advance Afrika, NGO Forum, Share An Opportunity, Church of Uganda Teso Dioceses Development Offices (COU-TEDDO), Arid land Development Program and Facilitating Peace and Development (FAPAD), with support from ICCO Cooperation.