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Coronavirus control: The YMCA Kolda branch, Senegal, helps vulnerable rural areas

As part of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, YMCA Kolda has directed its actions towards rural areas. In a context characterized by the multiplication of community cases, it is essential to conduct awareness-raising activities for the benefit of vulnerable groups often nestled in remote areas where access to information can be a challenge. 

Thus the team of volunteers led by the branch president Léon Diatta, accompanied by the Regional Executive Secretary of YMCA in Kolda Boubacar Diatta, paid a visit to the village of Vélingara Bouguèle, part of the commune Saré Bidji and located about ten kilometers from the town of Kolda. The objective aimed through this visit of the volunteers was to sensitize the populations of this locality on the preventive measures and the barrier gestures.

Faced with a very receptive population, the volunteers carried out home visits to make families aware of the need to install a hand washing device. A fundamental element in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, hand washing, however, requires a certain technique that the YMCA Senegal team was good enough to mount to these targets. After the demonstration, the handwashing device, consisting of a 20-liter container, soap and bleach, was made available to households. All this was made possible thanks to the support of the Ampa Awagna project which works for agricultural entrepreneurship of young people in the regions of Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor. 

The last stage of the activity consisted in the presentation of posters summarizing all the barrier measures in image to the heads of households for an easier understanding of what it is necessary to know about the disease. Finally, they were given a questionnaire relating to the situation they are facing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. This tool will help YMCA to orient its intervention strategy on actions aimed at strengthening their resilience, in particular within the framework of the agricultural entrepreneurship project, which mobilizes many young people in this locality. 

As a reminder, the Kolda region no longer has confirmed cases of coronavirus. The 8 patients registered in the region more than 2 weeks ago were treated and declared cured.

By YMCA Senegal

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