Updates from Somalia, Nigeria + TODAY: East Africa panel discussion: Access: ways to listen and prioritise' - next Monday (May 4th), at 4:00 PM
With short notice please find details below of an OCHA moderated online regional discussion based on among other the attached NRC report on community-level perceptions and understanding of Covid-19 in Somalia.
An informative read also for people working in other countries.
Find the report attached - and details for this Monday afternoon's (4 pm East Africa) online discussion at the very bottom of this e-mail.
To put the report from Somalia in perspective, the Guardian on Saturday carried the story below on a suspected raise in death due to corona in Somalia. Due to the scarcity of firm medical data, the story is informed by reports from undertakers and grave diggers in Mogadishu reporting a significant spike in burials of elderly men. Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/02/somali-medics-report-rapid-rise-in-deaths-as-covid-19-fears-grow?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
From Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, this story tells of how (mostly middle- and upper-middle-class) professionals are reaching out with food and other items to less fortunate citizens during the Covid-crisis:
‘We needed to do more’: volunteers step up in lockdown Lagos
OCHA ROSEA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Access Regional Discussion - 'Access: ways to listen and prioritise'.
Time: May 4, 2020 16:00 Nairobi
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 921 7447 1780
I also share this link to this short film picturinghealth.org/covid-on-the-breadline/ that lays out the reasons why lock-downs in some countries may not be the best solution. In addition to the economic and civic space issues, it highlights the impact of reduced attention to all the existing public health crises that so many are facing in so many countries. And, using a good appreciative inquiry approach , it also offers some nice examples of how communities are coming up with their own ideas of how to protect most vulnerable from infection.
It is an open discussion. Please tell your colleagues.
Have a nice weekend.
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