HI’s teams work to protect people from Covid-19
Humanity & Inclusion (HI)’s teams are setting up hygiene clubs and raising awareness on the airwaves to take the fight against Covid-19 to schools and communities, and particularly people with disabilities.
Recording a radio programme to promote Covid-19 awareness | © HI
Hygiene clubs raising awareness in schools
HI has once again set up hygiene clubs in Guinea-Bissau, in partnership with school management teams and parents of children with disabilities in 12 communities. They are being encouraged to follow strict hygiene measures during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Their aim is to provide children with disabilities, students, parents, guardians and teaching staff with information on Covid-19 prevention.
To coincide with the start of the school year, the High Commission for Covid-19 and the government of Guinea-Bissau produced posters on Covid-19 prevention measures such as physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask use, targeted at students, parents, guardians and Guinean society.
Reaching a wider audience on the airwaves
Radio is the best way to reach the widest possible audience in Guinea-Bissau. As part of its inclusive education project, HI recorded three awareness-raising programmes in late October 2020 to help protect children with disabilities from Covid-19. Guests talked about inclusive education and child welfare during the pandemic and the issues and situations emerging from it. They were aired on national radio station Radio Sol Mansi (RSM), as part of its "Fala de Deficientis” programme for people with disabilities, and on the internet.
The project team also wrote a script for a radio spot. Its key messages helped raise awareness of Covid-19 prevention among students, parents and guardians before the start of the new term and highlighted risks to avoid on the way to school.