In Somalia, we’re looking at adapting our health and nutrition framework, promoting handwashing and hygiene and training our staff on both early detection and prevention techniques. We will also begin cash transfers in April.
In Ethiopia, we have reviewed and adjusted all activities to avoid large gatherings, while also maintaining important food distribution and services to our outpatient therapeutic programmes. We are working to distribute soap and protective equipment for health staff, as well as setting up hand-washing stations. Finally, we are looking at measures that include emergency unrestricted cash assistance and phone counselling.
In South Sudan, we are taking steps to minimise the number of people in health and nutrition centres at any one time. Staff are being trained on Covid-19 awareness, and being kept up to date on the latest guidance around pregnant women, breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding. We are also promoting hand and respiratory hygiene as well as general awareness around social distancing, while implementing rainwater harvesting to provide water for handwashing.
In Kenya, we are working to provide cash assistance to urban households to cushion them against the economic impact of a Covid-19 shutdown, while we have proposed to work with a number of other agencies to promote awareness of social distancing and preparedness for an emergency situation. We are also working with the government and providing technical support through working groups and coordination meetings.