After the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Ethiopia and the call from Tigray regional state through declaration of state of emergency within the region, OSSHD Tigray immediately mobilized itself to respond against COVID-19. We formed a team in Mekelle, Addigrat, Adwa and Humera.

As COVID-19 is serious health challenge that the world is facing, concern is high for its impact on developing countries. In Africa in general, the health system lacks the capacity and equipment to face the pandemic. In Ethiopia it is true that the health system is very weak and fragile that has no capacity to shoulder it. We understand that access to water and soap for hand-washing is very limited both in rural and urban settings, even in health centers. The lifestyle  is also highly communal and physical distancing is a challenge, as markets and churches are the center of community life in many areas.

OSSHD’s Response

  • In Collaboration with NALA Foundation, UNFPA we provided IPC materials (gloves, masks, soap, sanitizer, ) to 4 health centers
  • Locally constructed foot-operated hand-washing stations placed in health centers, taxi stations, churches and mosques , and other busy areas ( NALA Foundation, Mekelle University, Smile train and privet supporters)
  • Reached more than thousands people in Tigray with targeted health messaging through Posters, Radio programs, Banners
  • Advocated with religious leaders and local officials to implement strategies for physical distancing, such as painting separation lines for prayer and waiting areas
  • Food distributed to PLWHA, Elders, PWD ​and for church students and mosque