OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

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GENERAL COVID-19

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

Created infographics to help parents talk to their kids about COVID-19. They created the COVID Champ campaign to support this.

ABRCS continues sharing communication materials from the IFRC website and related technical guidance.

The ABRCS Society continues conducting school campaigns and distributing information through various businesses in the country.

ABRCS volunteers planted seedlings that are being distributed to community members for backyard gardening in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to assist with food security and encourage isolation but providing activities to avoid loneliness. The ministry provided the seeds, and the soil and the NS assisted with volunteers for the planting. The volunteers planted 35,000 seeds with beans, ochra, and pumpkins.

BAHAMAS

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other agencies, food was provided to several families in New Providence and the Family Islands.

The BRCS installed handwashing stations at the entrances of the BRCS Headquarter and in two Shelters in New Providence housing evacuees of Hurricane Dorian.

A proposal is being worked on to distribute items and vouchers to families affected by COVID-19 measures.

COVID-19 Messages in the form of leaflets, pamphlets, and posters were translated from English to Creole by the BRCS. Social media was used to disseminate these messages to the Haitian population in the shelters and the broader community in New Providence and Islands.

BRCS continues with its daily Meals on Wheels services to shut-ins to promote and maintain social distancing. Food items were boxed and distributed by volunteers to 115 of the 65 families in this programme.

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BARBADOS

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

Sharing materials with community groups and social media.

Barbados Cross Society (BRCS) continues talks with community representatives in assessing needs of families hard hit by the social and economic fallout related to COVID-19.

The BRCS continues with its Meals on Wheels programme including the distribution of jugs with water, hand soaps, hand sanitizers. The NS has established supportive measures for its staff, providing gloves and protocols for the deliveries.

The NS also developing partnerships with NGOs to provide food supplies, daily meals, and personal care packages to a wide cross section of the vulnerable population.

BRCS volunteers have packaged and arranged the distribution of over one hundred food boxes (vegetables, fruits, and eggs) to vulnerable households across Barbados.

The NS is working on recommendations to the authorities for preventive messages related to COVID-19, as well as incorporating messages of well-being at the household level.

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BRCS is engaging with the government to provide PSS support to any affected group.

BELIZE

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

BRCS joinly with the Ministry of Health, Mental Health Department, Ministry of Human Development, and Salvation Army, relocated homeless persons to a shelter for the quarantine period of the state of emergency. Home Care Givers certified by BRCS are working on shifts to attend people in the shelters. BRCS donated mattresses, pillows sheets, blankets, and hygiene kits for the isolation and quarantine centers. Medication will be provided every day by the MOH and meals by the Ministry of Human Development.

The BRCS has started a prevention and precautionary measures campaign to the public and distributed 900 posters and flyers with information in the virus in strategic points.

The NS has also procured PPE for staff and Volunteers and held a series of training in the North, West, and central districts with facilitation done by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The trained personnel and volunteers will be assisting the authorities with the management of the isolation stations.

The BRCS is distributing meals to vulnerable people who lost their jobs and is working with the authorities to provide shelter to people facing homeliness during the isolation and quarantine period.

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BRCS is preparing hygiene kits (with liquid hand soap, paper towel, hypochlorite, anti-bacterial towels, and gloves) for general distribution to vulnerable communities and people in quarantine.

DOMINICA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

Through partnerships with other organizations, the Dominica Red Cross is increasing their reach with community engagement, hygiene promotion and PSS.

Dominica Red Cross provides support in various ways to support the Government of Dominica including delivering hygiene care kits, food packages, and messaging to people in government quarantine units.

The DRC is reaching the public through text message blast campaigns.

They have launched a psychosocial support hotline with trained volunteers.

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GRENADA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The Grenada is supporting volunteers with psychosocial support.

They are attending the meetings of the Government Health Service Committee and National Disaster Office.

The GRCS team is using social media and outreach to sensitize the public about COVID-19. 

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GUYANA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The GRC continues with sensitization through media, posters were also printed and distributed.

The Guyana Red Cross has held hand washing demonstration in an at-risk communities with children, who came in small groups at different times during the day to avoid a large crowd. The National Society collaborated with various businesses in the area which provided hygiene items for the children.

The GRC has its Meals on Wheels programme active, and staff is rotating shifts to provide daily meals to vulnerable groups.

They are providing PSS support to the public through the Ministry of Public Health hotline service.

The GRC has developed messages focused on people with disabilities.

JAMAICA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The JRC youth section and public relations committee are developing educational materials for social media platforms, and plan to recruit social media influencers to assist with COVID-19 anti-stigma messaging.

The JRC is circulating materials dispelling rumours on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

The JRC prepared sanitation and food packages to be delivered to vulnerable persons including the elderly, shut-ins and the disabled.

Jamaica Red Cross is providing psychosocial support to citizens and those acting on the frontline of the COVID-19 operations.

The Jamaica Red Cross Society participated in a television programme where it spoke about its actions in response to the pandemic and the importance of psychosocial support.

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SAINT KITTS & NEVIS

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The SKNRC continues to seek PSS support and volunteers on community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) and epidemic control.

The SKNRC is working with the authorities on prevention and hygiene promotion campaigns.

SKNRC has developed a data collection form to be used during PSS sessions for further assistance where necessary.

SKNRC developed localized flyers and messages were developed to be disseminated via electronic media. Printed copies will be placed in the care package.

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SAINT LUCIA

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The St. Lucia Red Cross delivered 300 parcels of bread to homes for the elderly, for persons in homeless shelters and to the children’s orphanages. An additional 100 food parcels were delivered to individual families including persons in quarantine.

The SLRC distributed blankets to a shelter that accommodates street people, and prepared and served meals for homeless persons.

SLRC has been engaged in the packaging and distribution for the most vulnerable particularly elderly and shut ins.

The SLRC printed a coronavirus risk reduction infographic and adjusted it to make bookmarks for students and adults. The NS has developed a set of infographics aimed at parents supporting their children during COVID-19. The “care for your child” is a series of five sharable graphics. The NS is also printing and circulating COVID-19 prevention messages.

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SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Printed leaflets and information on the  prevention and symptoms of COVID 19.

The NS is creating cloth face masks and hygiene packages.

The NS is assisting families who have been quarantined.

The SVGRC is collaborating with local authorities and telecommunications providers to set up virtual crisis center for psychosocial support.

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SURINAME

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The Suriname Red Cross (SRC) developed a campaign to thank its volunteers for their efforts during the COVID-19 activities.

The SRC is coordinating the surveillance of the persons in home quarantine.

The SRC has trained 30 people from organizations in the correct handwashing measures, is translating IFRC messages in Dutch, and sharing daily messages about CVOID-19 on social media.

The SRC volunteers are assisting the National Disaster Office though hotline service established, making home visits to people in quarantine, checking temperature of people at border points, and accompanying repatriates to quarantine facilities.

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR:

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross (TTRC) provided educational materials to the Immigration Detention Centre and blankets to persons waiting to return home.

The TTRCS distributed care packages to quarantined persons, and volunteers were available to provide PSS.

TTRCS has launched its hotline service to provide psychosocial support.

The TTRCS is sharing messages with sourcing updates in Spanish for migrant population as well as working on a coloring book for children on preventative actions and other information about the virus.

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