Let me share some of my experiences I have taken part in one of the COVID-19 Response projects that relate to the control of COVID-19.
To begin with, we started with developing the project design based on the assessment findings of the project area. We focused on implementing preventive measures, disseminating information, providing vaccination, and treatment at the public health centers, and adhering to the World Health Organization (WHO) control policies at the time. These plans were thoroughly documented and shared among project team members to ensure everyone had a clear understanding of our objectives.
Our team engaged with village leaders, community opinion leaders, and local communities to raise awareness about COVID-19 prevention and readiness. We communicated details about our project plans, preventive activities, provision of materials, quarantine protocols, vaccination referrals, and treatment options to mitigate any biases or uncertainties. This communication and community engagement fostered trust and transparency, enabling us to work together with community leaders to combat the disease effectively.
Furthermore, the project established criteria in collaboration with local health authorities and village leaders regarding access to quarantine centers, adherence to social distancing measures, vaccination, and accessing treatment centers. All the criteria were based on the current COVID-19 infection, prevention efforts, community needs, and service access situation within the community. Additionally, COVID-19 task forces were formed within villages to manage quarantine centers, provide essential support like food and water, share preventive measures/materials within the community, and respond swiftly to emergencies and referrals. These are all likely to be effective and beneficial in reducing the harm to the project participants in the community.