A mass awareness campaign about COVID19 in Somalia
Since there was poor public awareness towards Covid19 and sometimes even people belief that some myths like Covid19 cannot survive in warm environments like Somalia. On 1st April, The Somali Youth Volunteers for Development Association (SOYVDA) organized and conducted a mass awareness campaign about COVID19 across all the districts in Mogadishu. During our awareness-raising campaign, we were moving from District to the district, village to village, knocking every single household just to bring the issue to the public attention.
During our public outreach campaign, we were distributing written key messages on Covid19 . As efforts to combat the spread of infection and improve personal hygiene, our WASH team were distributing Hygiene kits that contains all the sanitary materials like (A bar of soup, a bucket and water purification tablet) to the less fortunate families who are internally placed to different camps in Mogadishu.
Halima Ahmed, who is 49 year old ” we believed that Covid-19 is only for western communities and not for Muslims, But listening to these young volunteers, I realized that Covid-19 is not a joke and I will encourage people to take it seriously and listen the key messages that the are sharing with us”. She is also mentioned that the sanitary material was very crucial to them to improve their personal hygiene.