Albert and his family learn how to wash their hands to protect themselves from COVID 19. | © HI
It is not easy to access information if you live in one of the world’s poorest countries. As the Covid-19 pandemic devastates communities around the globe, HI is showing vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities, how to protect themselves from the virus.
Throughout the world, learning how to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 is the only way to prevent countless tragedies and to mitigate its spread. HI is implementing prevention campaigns as part of this effort.
Marcellin, 36, has been trained by HI to raise awareness of hygiene and basic precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Madagascar. A member of the local relief team in Fokontany Ambodimanary, in Maevatanana district, he makes daily visits to the homes of people with disabilities, people who are older or highly isolated, and the most vulnerable families in his community. He teaches them how to protect themselves and the people around them. Living far from town, most villagers know little or nothing of the epidemic. Life is harsh. They struggle to provide food, clothing and care for their families, and Covid-19 can seem like a distant threat. But the emergency is now very real.
Albert, a father of five children, has taken the lessons on board. The whole family gathered in front of their mud house and listened carefully as Marcellin explained the basic precautionary measures to take in order to protect themselves from the virus. Marcellin took his time, showed them the correct way to wash their hands, and answered their questions.
“I learned that we need to wash our hands regularly with soap and stay at least one metre from other people to protect ourselves from the virus,” explains Albert.
In regions of Madagascar not yet under lockdown, it is essential everyone is able to access information, particularly the most vulnerable people living in highly remote areas, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. Marcelin is keenly aware of the importance of his mission.
“The community takes a close interest in the messages I share with them on this terrible virus. I’m glad to be able to do my civic duty,” he says.
HI has been working in Madagascar for nearly 35 years and implements multiple projects, particularly in aid of people with disabilities and highly vulnerable groups living in areas regularly devastated by cyclones and floods.