Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklung und Humanitäre Hilfe
Afrika, Mali, HOPE’87
Gesundheit & Medizin
The COVID-19 pandemic appeared on March 9, 2020 in Burkina Faso and on March 25, 2020 in Mali. Since that date, the team of HOPE’87 Burkina Faso has put in place a set of protective measures in its COVID-19 response plan in order to protect its national and international staff as well as its project implementation partners. These measures concerned distancing during project meetings, the use of gels for hand washing and the compulsory wearing of masks in public places. Also, as soon as vaccines appeared in mid-2021, HOPE’87 promoted vaccination as a means of preventing COVID-19.
It is in this context that HOPE’87 Burkina Faso together with its local partners such as the CSCOM (Centre de Santé Communautaire) of Heremakono have implemented the City of Vienna 2021 project with the objective of reducing the spread of the corona virus at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali. This border is very frequented by almost all the populations of West Africa and the Maghreb. From Senegal to Niger, from Morocco to Nigeria, people go there for their economic and social activities. It is therefore a border vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.
The project consisted in setting up a control of all travellers at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali for 12 months. In addition to this and in order to be able to put all suspected cases of COVID-19 patients under observation, a “COVID-19 check Unit” building was set up in Heremakono to strengthen the reception capacities of the CSCOM of Heremakono. The project has made it possible to control COVID-19 and to better take care of doubtful cases in the best conditions within a border health structure.
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