BCFK COVID-19 Response

Building community and health system resilience during a crisis

COVID-19 has affected most of our project beneficiaries where we work. BCFK is taking on this challenge the best way we know how: by putting beneficiaries’ especially women and girls at the center of everything we do and an unyielding dedication to building resilient communities and health systems.

BCFK approach relies on four integrated parts vital community access: Access to secure relevant information, access to family food packages, access to family sanitation packages, access to student learning packages and programs.

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Community awareness outreaches/ Distribution of learning materials

BCFK has undertaken a comprehensive external engagement approach that encompasses strategic and operational collaboration, partnering, public awareness and sensitization outreaches. This is done at community level partnering and coordinating with community health centres i.e. Doctor Njapit of Koiyaki health centre in Talek. The collaborations and partnerships with community health centres will scale up preventive measures to limit the spread of the disease in the community.

Through its public awareness and public engagement BCFK has also leveraged by distributing learning materials to students of Mara girls’ leadership and strictly providing guiding and counselling sessions considering the vulnerability of school girls during this pandemic.

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Relief food support (Access to family food packages)

BCFK works to enhance food security for the most vulnerable women and children and their families within our project areas (CMSG groups and Bonga girls) in order to generate hope in a time of immense uncertainty. This include food distribution packages comprising of rice, cooking oil, Maize flour and Beans. The food relief outreach specifically targeted more than 500 households representing more than 2500 families within our networks.

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Health and hygiene outreaches (Access to sanitation packages)

One of the most effective ways we can help combat the spread of COVID-19, and limit its impact on fragile health systems, is by building people’s knowledge and health awareness outreaches. BCFK promotes preventative action in communities, including practicing good hygiene and physical distancing measures, in line with national government guidelines and recognized best practice.

BCFK during the intervention has coordinated and worked with relevant formal and informal community health centres to reduce transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19. This has been accomplished by harnessing existing Channels of community health worker support platforms through provision of basic protective equipment’s that includes face masks and Personal protective equipment’s (PPE).Communication by medical stakeholders will promote basic infection, prevention, and control measures, which include hand washing with soap and use of hand sanitizers to promote general hygiene.

BCFK has also outlined several essential considerations to ensure continued menstrual health and hygiene during the pandemic, among the considerations are ensuring the provision of menstrual management products by including sanitary towels among the list of essential commodities to 48 students of Mara girls leadership school and 149 vulnerable Bonga girls.

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